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Proposal would add 20 townhomes along Federal Way rim

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Two single-family homes along the Federal Way rim in Boise could soon give way to an in-fill subdivision on the Boise Bench. The project will face hurdles after a portion was turned down by the city.

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Donald and Margaret Rae of Boise have owned the properties for the last ten years. They applied to the City of Boise to build a new townhome project with 20 homes at 1709 and 1711 S. Federal Way called Tallapoosa.

“The 20 proposed townhomes will be 3-story and will be designed to be 30-feet in height at the parapet wall, which is under the allowed height of the current and requested zoning,” Ben Semple of Rodney Evans + Partners wrote in an application letter. “We believe that this proposed development will create high-quality housing, while enhancing the surrounding existing neighborhoods.”

A typical floorplan includes a garage on the ground floor, living space on the second floor, two bedrooms on the third floor, and a rooftop deck.

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Semple said the owners hope to market the homes to owners who would occupy each of the condos themselves.

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Rendering of Tallapoosa Subdivision. Via PivotNorth

The project calls for a 2-car garage for each of the 20 units, as well as guest parking for 5 guests. The five guest spaces exceeds the two required for the project. The project will feed out on to Federal Way, but will not connect to the existing neighborhood behind the project. Bike parking would also be provided.

Most of the trees on the existing lots will stay in place – a total of 38. Crews will cut down 7 trees, but plant 38 new ones, for a total of 64.

The project asked for approval from the City of Boise for rezoning to add density on the site. The Planning & Zoning Commission approved the additional density. However, the project also asked for a variance to limit setbacks from adjacent properties, and the P&Z team denied the variance. The applicant can appeal, or redesign and resubmit plans.

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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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