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Large residential, retail, office project planned for busy Meridian corner

GFI Meridian Investments hopes to build a new project on former farmland at the corner of Ten Mile Rd. and Franklin Rd. in Meridian.

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But we don’t know just what the Gateway at Ten Mile project might contain, or how it will come together.

GFI submitted an application earlier this spring for a 41-acre property on the northeast corner of the two busy streets. The developer wants the City of Meridian to annex the properties, and split the zoning between residential and commercial uses.

Trevor Gasser of Bountiful, Utah controls GFI. The developer didn’t submit a detailed plan, instead showing a ‘bubble diagram’ with some general ideas of what could happen.

“We are proposing a bubble diagram with zoning designations in lieu of a plat or specific development plan to afford flexibility for future development,” Stephanie Lenoard with KM Engineering LLP wrote in an application letter. “We believe that providing an adaptable template at the forefront will allow future development to respond to market trends while also remaining consistent with evolving adjacent and surrounding uses.”

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The Gateway at Ten Mile diagram shows a general pattern of commercial development along Ten Mile and Franklin. Office/retail sits further back, and a large area for multi-family residential in the northeast corner of the site. Documents refer to possible restaurants and stores. The developer hopes to keep the Tenmile Creek on the site open to the air, and will ask for a variance from the city.

The property is subject to Meridian’s Ten Mile Specific Area Plan, and sits just north of the Ten Mile Creek/Ten Mile Crossing development. The annexation request asks for two zoning designations.

“We foresee office, retail, service and neighborhood commercial and other compatible uses locating within the C-G district and believe our future development will reflect surrounding development,” Leonard wrote. “Our request for the R-40 district on the eastern part of the site is to accommodate future multi-family residential development.”

The City of Meridian set a public hearing on the project for June 18th.

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