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Going up: After delay, downtown apartment project begins to rise

After work stopped for a few weeks this spring, crews returned to the site of The Vanguard in Downtown Boise — and the project started to rise.

The Vanguard calls for 75 residential units in an 8-story building at the corner of 5th St. and Front St. in Downtown Boise. The plan also calls for retail space, a rental office, dog wash and bike storage on the ground floor. The project started sprouting up on the former site of the BizPrint warehouse, just behind the Basque Block.

The development does not include parking, but sits next to the newly-built 5th and Front parking garage.

Ithaca, NY-based Visum Development is behind the project. Work started over the winter with the demolition of BizPrint. Initial work on the building’s footings started, but stopped after the COVID-19 pandemic started impacting Boise. Workers removed a mobile crane on the site for a time, before returning it later last spring.

Now, work continues on the footings and ground floor, though the project hasn’t started to move skyward beyond the first-floor concrete work.

Visum has not released pricing for The Vanguard’s units, and a completion timeline isn’t yet known.

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The Vanguard joins a flurry of residential projects along the Front & Myrtle corridor. Roundhouse’sCartee started last fall, as didOpus Development’s River Caddis. Gardner Co.began work on Park Place Apartmentslast summer.

Don Day - BoiseDev editor
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