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Large, revamped project would bring apartments along Boise River, Greenbelt

Park Place Apartments, a planned residential project along the Boise Greenbelt is back, in a revamped format. Gardner Co. and the Harry W. Morrison Foundation first applied to build a multi-family and senior living project in late 2017 – but the project has been quiet of late.

Now, Gardner has updated the proposal for the project at 749 E. Park Blvd. between the Stonehouse restaurant and Falcon Building.

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A rendering of the Park Place Apartments project proposed for Park Blvd. in Boise. Via STK

Boise’s City Council approved a zoning amendment for the project in October, allowing the project to move forward. In a lengthy application letter, Geoff Wardle with Spink Butler outlined changes proposed for the project. Instead of 150 units between the senior living and multi-family projects, the new concept would bring a total of 236 units. It also revamped the design of the project to move parking from a “podium” style on the ground floor to an internal configuration with housing units on the outside.

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“With the parking facilities interior to the project, the Applicant has been able to address concerns about screening a parking garage… and has better-engaged pedestrians both on Park Blvd. and the Greenbelt,” Wardle wrote.

The project would attract “all demographics, including young professionals and students from Boise State University,” Tamara Thompson with The Land Group wrote in a design intent letter.

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Park Place Apartments proposal

  • 236 residential units
    • Each unit faces toward the outside of the building.
    • Units designed for “top brand” appliances, in-unit laundry, storage and balconies and patios.
    • 413,370 square feet of residential space.
  • 356 space parking garage.
    • This would be shared with tenants and “adjoining businesses who presently have parking rights on the site.”
    • “Parking has been at a premium in the neighborhood due to the significant amount of office space,” Wardle wrote.
    • 147,500 of parking structure space
  • Amenities include fitness, yoga room, club room, multimedia lounge and game room.
    • “This is second to none,” Thompson wrote.
    • A series of exterior courtyards would appear on the south and west sides of the building, including along the Boise River. These would feature seating, outdoor barbecues and fire pits.
    • Outdoor pool and spa along the Greenbelt side of the building.
  • The new plan removes a large restaurant space.
  • Designers increased the height of the building from four stories to five
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Rendering of the Park Place Apartments along Park Blvd. Via STK Architects.

“Our landscape design inspiration and layout are pulling from the neighboring Boise River and Greenbelt as these are main attractions of the site location,” Thomson wrote. “Boardwalks and bridges branch off the Greenbelt, while little pockets for seating/viewing are scattered along the pathway.

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The project will now go through the City of Boise’s Design Review process. A timeline is not yet been set.

Site plan. Via The Land Group

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Don has been covering news in Boise for 20 years. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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