Documents show plan for student housing on site of Boise Ave. affordable housing & old gas station

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Initial plans with the City of Boise show the plan for the site of a former Maverik station and current affordable housing units at Boise Ave. and Protest Hill.

As BoiseDev reported first last month, the proposal would tear down the existing empty gas station and series of small apartments to build a new, larger complex.

Collegiate Development Group hopes to construct a four-story apartment building on the 3.3-acre site. The project would be “geared toward student housing.”

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Boise State says rising demand for residential units on campus means they can’t accommodate everyone. A number of student housing projects have popped up in the area in recent years.

This is CDG’s second announced project in Boise, including one on Myrtle St. on land owned by Winco Foods.

The proposal

The plan calls for a single building that would take up about 223,000 square feet of space. The documents filed with the city say the building would include “0” residential units. However, based on the other materials submitted, it’s clear this is an error or omission. Neighbors say they were told the project would include nearly 200 apartments.

To build the unnamed project as envisioned, developers will need to rezone the property from its current mix of commercial and medium-density residential to a single higher-density designation. They will also need a conditional use permit on the property for a height exemption. Developers hope the four-story project would reach as high as 45 feet.

The plan calls for 267 parking spaces in “subsurface” parking, which is six more than the 261 spaces required. The development would also include spaces for 221 bikes.

Amenities include two internal courtyards as well as a pool.

Developers said the property “is underutilized and in disrepair” in their justification of the rezone request. The property is currently owned by the Vernon K. Brassey Family Partnership, LP – which is the same owner listed on the application documents.

The Big Jud’s restaurant on the parcel would remain.

The City of Boise will need to approve both the rezone request and the conditional use permit. Hearing dates have not yet been set.

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