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Rodney Johnson hopes to build Limelight Village, a new transit-oriented apartment project in NW Boise near State St.

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The applications with the City of Boise for Limelight Village show an 85-unit complex, consisting mostly of studio/1-bedroom apartments, with a few 2-bedroom units. The project has a State St. address but sits back from the roadway at the corner of Limelight St. and Roe St.

“This is a true infill project that will provide much-needed transient (sic) oriented housing and therefore the applicant is proposing to rezone the site to R-3D,” G. Scott McCormack with American Pacific Advisors wrote in an application letter. “Limelight Village is specifically planned to target the growing population of independent millennial, gen-x and baby boomer professional single and couple households in Boise/ Treasure Valley looking to live affordably, in close and in style.”

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Project details

The project would include 11 studio units, 54 one-bedroom apartments, and 20 two-bedroom units. Amenities include a clubhouse building, exercise room, club room, coffee/tea bar, BBQ pavilions, and a pet park.

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The project will include a total of 109 parking spots on-site. The neighborhood offers another 20 spaces of on-street parking for a total of 129. Of the on-site spaces, 12 will be tandem spaces behind garages.

There are 105 bedrooms in the project, meaning there is one spot available for every bedroom. Despite this, the developer notes it will encourage decreased vehicle use.

“The applicant is also planning to provide promotional tools and tips to educate their resident population and neighboring properties on the opportunities and benefits of being a one-car household and using alternative forms of transportation (rideshare, bikes, rapid transit, 1 st & last mile assistance, car share, and others) to be consistent with the State Transit-Oriented Development Project,” McCormack wrote.

The average size of each unit stands at 758 square feet – slightly below average for the market.

The application notes that the development qualifies for a parking reduction, but they are not requesting one.

Limelight Village would also offer 48 bikes, 38 more than the 10 required.

The site currently hosts 2.3 acres of hay and alfalfa farmland.

To move forward, the project will need to win approval for both rezoning to the higher density and to subdivide the land. City planners set a hearing for Monday, March 9 at 6 p.m. at Boise City Hall.

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Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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