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New WinCo development in N. Meridian changes names, reworks some project elements

We told you earlier this month that the Linder Village project in North Meridian would finally start to move forward. Now, developers of the WinCo-anchored project are announcing a number of changes, including a new name.

Out: Linder Village.

In: Orchard Park.

Renaming Linder Village

The new name reflects two elements, according to project consultant Michael Slavin with Noun.

“On the ‘park’ side, we have over five acres of public space and a lot of really cool amenities in this project. We as a society understand how important it is to run and take the dog for a walk,” he said.

The Orchard part of the name echoes project developer Joe Huarte’s family roots.

“Joe’s family made well through the agriculture business through orchards and nut farms – it’s central to his past and historical to Meridian had its start,” Slavin said.

[Linder Village WinCo project takes key step, roadwork and store announcements expected soon]

Huarte said he doesn’t think it will cause confusion with projects on Orchard in Boise.

“When we did our research, we certainly heard ‘where Orchard Street and the freeway meet,” he said, referring to a car dealer’s tagline. “My first instinct was, will there be some confusion? But I just think it’s really more of what Boise used to be. It was small enough that that mattered. I don’t think it matters as much moving forward.”

Orchard Park evolution

Orchard Park Meridian, ID

While developers still have not announced any tenants outside of Winco and a new Meridian branch library, Huarte and Slavin said they have several letters of intent signed and hope to make announcements soon.

On a newly revamped website for Orchard Park Meridian, developers outline some of the housing options coming to the project. A series of larger “estate lots” will sit on the southeast corner, bordered by smaller lot homes. The project will include a “main street” type of development leading to the library – with shops and offices scaled like a small downtown.

A number of “quick retail” sites for fast food, banks and other similar businesses will line Chinden Blvd. and Linder Rd.

Much of the site will be ringed by a walking path. Much of it will border the busy Chinden and Linder coridoor.

Construction on WinCo and the library should start this fall.

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