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Developer revamps Boise & Protest apartment project after city council turns it down

Collegiate Development Group appears poised to again submit an application for a student housing project at the corner of Boise Ave. and Protest Rd. near Boise State University.

The project would go on the site of a vacant former Maverik station and a series of current one-story apartments. CDG first proposed a project on the property in November of 2019. The proposal ultimately went to the Boise City Council, where a split vote left it to Boise Mayor Lauren McLean to break the tie, ultimately deciding against approving the project.

Neighbors and other raised concerns over removing the aging affordable housing on the property, noise and traffic issues. In voting no, council president Elaine Clegg and McLean both voiced concern that the previous project didn’t fit the city’s goal of mixed use at the intersection – and only provided student housing.

During a neighborhood meeting held via Zoom Wednesday, which BoiseDev attended, CDG outlined an updated plan for the site.

What’s proposed

  • Three story building
  • 175 apartment units with 547 total bedrooms
  • Underground parking for 269 vehicles. Above ground parking for 8 vehicles.
  • 550 bicycle spaces

The project would also add a total of 8,960 square feet of retail space, with room for a coffee shop or bodega on the corner of Boise and Protest, as well as additional retail space that could include office or other commercial uses.

A plaza space along Boise & Protest. Via The Land Group

“We’ve worked with the city and our consultants and designers and tried to figure out how our project can really enhance the neighborhood and create a destination on this intersection and create a nice safe environment for the pedestrians,” CDG’s Mitchell Korte told neighbors.

A series of street-facing units along Boise Ave. are also new to the project – these brownstone-style units would include front porches and doors to the outside independent of the rest of the units in the building.

Other changes

CDG also said it would eliminate all air conditioning condenser units on the roof, and the roof itself would be a forest green color instead of a typical white treatment. The corner of Boise and Protest would have an enhanced plaza space. The developer also says it proposes to add a new protected bike lane on the north side of Boise Ave., as well as a pedestrian beacon to the west of the project site where the sidewalk on the south side of the road ends.

Possible traffic changes. Via Kittlelson & Associates

If filed, this would represent the latest in a series of changes by CDG to win approval for the project. It shortened the building from four stories, eliminated an open-air parking garage and made concessions for residents of an existing apartment complex on part of the site.

The newly-revamped project will need to start the approval process again.

Don Day - BoiseDev editor
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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