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El-Ada plans new 40-unit apartment project aimed at adding affordable housing

El-Ada Community Action Partnership will build 40 new homes in West Boise, with hopes to add more affordable housing stock to the area.

The non-profit agency applied with the City of Boise last year to build Celebration Acres along Florence Dr. south of Fairview Ave. and west of Five Mile Rd. The currently empty 2.95-acre site would include a series of garden-style buildings – including two- and three-story buildings. The site layout calls for apartments arranged around the site, with landscaping and a community center. The apartments would include two-, three- and four-bedroom options.

El-Ada asked the City of Boise for changes to a development agreement signed in 2007 that initially limited the property to 28 units. El-Ada said it worked on the project for several years before the formal application.

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“This project will increase available housing in the area and will provide a quality community for individuals and families that may not have housing options elsewhere,” Stephanie Leonard with KM Engineering wrote in an application letter. “The construction of this project will add to the existing community in a complementary manner, in accord with the goals of the Compact land use designation.”

Each apartment would include green building techniques, including sensor lighting, water-saving mechanisms and more.

The project received federal low income housing tax credits in October to help build the project.

The city approved the project in January, and the developer applied for building permits this week.

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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