Batch of foothills homes approved nearly 20 years ago start to move forward

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In 2000, an application came into Boise City Hall for a planned foothills development for more than 200 homes.

Nearly twenty years later, the project remains in process.

Boulder Heights Estates wraps around the top and sides of the Warm Springs Mesa in a roughly horseshoe shape. Developers now market the project as El Paseo Heights. Developer Wise & Sons asked the City of Boise for a raft of permits in the spring of 2000 to develop 228 homes on land it owns. The City of Boise annexed a total of 406 acres for the development.

Today, two new permits came into the City of Boise. The documents ask for new subdivision permits for the eight and ninth phases of the project.

You might have noticed work to grade the site for the homes. It is visible from as far away as Federal Way. The City of Boise approved permits for the grading work earlier this spring, which moved more than 106,500 cubic yards of dirt.

The new permits will set up lots for a total of 49 additional home sites. That’s 37 in phase eight and 22 in phase nine. The initial plan includes two more phases – for a total of 11.

Lots in the already-completed phase run from $300,000 for .43 acre up to $799,000 for 1.1 acre. Zillow lists one completed home in the completed development, marketed at $1.2 million.

You can review the initial application materials from the early 2000s.

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