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Large development would remake entrance to Cascade off Highway 55

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A large 121-acre development along Idaho Highway 55 at the Payette River would bring hundreds of homes, apartments and commercial space to the town of Cascade.

The Davis family of Cascade proposes to build the project on land it owns on 55 just before the Payette River crossing. Applicants Phil and Josh Davis are principals in Cascade’s Granite Excavation, Inc.

The McCall Star-News first reported on the project. The paper also reports the project’s formal name changed from Cascade River Ranch to The River District. A similar, unrelated project in Eagle carries the same moniker.

Cascade River District plan

According to public filings, here’s what the plan calls for:

  • 145 single family homes.
  • 11 cottage homes.
  • 46 townhomes.
  • 64 multifamily lots with a mix of four-plex units and 24-plex buildings.
  • 12 acres of commercial lots.
  • 35.62 acres of open space – including parks, common area and pedestrian paths.
  • 1-acre park along the Payette River.

“This site is on a major corridor into the City of Cascade and the developer wishes
to create a sense of place as you enter the City,” Steve Arnold with A Team Land Consultants wrote in an application letter. “The Payette River creates challenges to develop around but also becomes a great amenity to the project. As do the wetlands but they too become and (sic) amenity.”

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The letter says lots along the Payette River “will most likely be second or vacation homes.” Towhouse lots will be aimed at folks who visit the area for recreation.

The multifamily part of the project, somewhat unique to Cascade, would “provide a badly needed housing type for the Valley,” Arnold’s wrote.

The Star-News notes the project has to cross several hurdles. It must be approved for access on to Highway 55 by Idaho Transportation. It also has to gain the OK of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Plus, it will need the blessing of Cascade’s Planning & Zoning commission, as well as annexation into the city of Cascade by the Cascade City Council.

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