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Large mixed-use project for apartments, retail, office towers takes shape in Downtown Meridian

The project to redevelop a largely-vacant portion of Downtown Meridian started to move forward late last year.

Galena Fund of Boise submitted applications for the project it calls Meridian Station, which would totally remake the block bounded by Main St., Broadway Ave., E. 3rd St. and a railroad track. The mostly-abandoned block used to house Frontier Tire and other businesses and sits near Meridian City Hall and the old Zamzows mill.

The site sits inside a Meridian Development Corporation urban renewal district, and joins several other projects that could remake a largely-decaying portion of the downtown Meridian core.

The ambitious plan calls for two phases, with multiple components. Here’s what developers hope to build on the 6.13-acre site.

What’s planned

Phase one:

  • 385 multi-family apartments across two buildings
    • Amenities include rooftop decks, bike storage, bike rentals, business centers, and a fitness room.
    • 108 studios, 198 one-bedroom, and 79 two-bedroom.
    • 464 total bedrooms.
  • 29,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor along E. Broadway Ave.
  • Podium-style parking garage with space for 550 cars.
  • Reclamation of a railroad spur for a “rails to trails” pathway.

Future phase two:

  • Two office towers, each measuring about 120,000 square feet.
  • The site of the future office towers currently houses about 100 temporary parking spaces for the City of Meridian.
  • The application does not detail the future office project.

The site plan filed with the City of Meridian provides an open park space along E. Broadway Ave., with the two pockets of retail situated along the park.

Application materials indicate developers hope to start construction this spring. Before that can happen, the project will need a conditional use permit from the City of Meridan for a height exemption. The city scheduled a hearing for February 20th at 6 p.m. at Meridian City Hall.

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Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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