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Under-the-radar project will bring tall townhomes to Federal Way rim

In recent days, BoiseDev received numerous questions about a new project on Federal Way at Amity near the Maverik station.

It wasn’t on our Project Tracker. We never wrote a story. No other media outlet noticed either.

But three years ago this month, right before BoiseDev launched, Boise’s Planning and Zoning approved the 28-unit Echelon Ridge project.

Arete Investments won approval for the project for a set of 14 “paired townhomes” – essentially two- and three-story duplexes.

The units will sit in a largely industrial area along the northeast side of Federal Way. They will sit above the existing Breckenridge Subdivision along the cusp of the bench.

“We plan to take advantage of these views by building three tiers of buildings, cascading in 20’ +/- increments,” Jeremy Telford wrote in an application letter. “This will allow for up to two outdoor patios in each residence each with unobstructed views across the Treasure Valley.”

Telford said the townhomes would feature styling similar to Bown Crossing and Harris Ranch.

The letter said the homes would range from 1,900 to 2,500 square feet, and the “anticipated selling price will be around $300,000,” though the letter is dated May of 2016 and home prices have seen significant appreciation.

Project history

The City of Boise approved a height exception for the project – bumping them up to as high as 42 feet in an area that would typically allow 35 feet. The city also granted a vriance that reduced setbacks for the project.

The project went to Boise City Council later in 2016 on appeal of restrictions placed on the project. The council voted to remove those conditions, allowing the development to move forward. The project won an extension in 2018.

After approval, the project owner listed it for sale on commercial real estate site LoopNet. Idaho Land Holding, LLC now owns the land.

New Earth Development of Jackson, WY applied for a grading permit earlier this year, which the city approved. Work started this summer.

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