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1937 apartments will be torn down, even if condo project isn’t approved

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The developer of a condo project in a pocket of Downtown Boise says they will tear down an old building, even if their new concept isn’t approved.

Creed Herbold applied in March to build a new 5-story condo project at the corner of 17th and Bannock St. in Boise. BoiseDev outlined the project and what it entails last spring.

The Boise Planning & Zoning Commission voted in May to recommend denial of a rezoning needed for the project to the Boise City Council.

Planning & Zoning found the request for rezoning didn’t meet the standards of Boise’s comprehensive plan. It said the request “could result in a project that’s bulk and mass is inappropriate in this transitional location.”

P&Z also found that replacing the current affordable housing with the project “is not in the best interest of the general public.”

This week, Herbold applied for a demolition permit of the existing Travis Apartments. The City of Boise planning team issued a note on the permit that would bar demolition ahead of the Boise City Council’s final decision on the project.

“City Council is scheduled to hear a request to rezone the property on July 9, 2019. No demolition activities should occur prior to Council action,” the planning team’s note reads.

Herbold tells BoiseDev that even if the current condo project is not approved, the current building will be demolished.

“We are going to build something so yes it’s going (to be torn down) no matter what,” Herbold wrote.

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