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‘Micro units’ approved next to Boise Towne Square Mall

Dozens of apartments will pop up on an empty lot next to Boise Towne Square Mall. 

With few questions, no testimony against and little discussion, Boise City Council unanimously approved a 71-apartment complex of micro-apartments on Cole Road near the intersection with Emerald Street on Tuesday evening. The property sits behind a small commercial center on the SW corner of Emerald and Cole. 

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The apartments will range from 338 square feet for a studio option to 542 square feet for a one-bedroom, according to floorplans submitted to the City of Boise.

The project will be aimed at workers making less than the median income, according to a letter attached to the application from Eric Anderson with ALC Architecture. The rents will start at $1,050 for a studio and “slightly higher” for a one-bedroom. 

It will be surrounded on all sides by parking and include 71 spaces. The project is also near public transit stops connecting the mall with downtown Boise, roughly half a mile from an Albertson’s location and a multitude of other stores and restaurants.

City Council President Elaine Clegg hoped to see more projects like it.

“I think this small area is really ripe for some additional housing and I hope this is a beginning of a trend,” she said.

Margaret Carmel - BoiseDev senior reporter
Margaret Carmel is a BoiseDev reporter focused on the City of Boise, housing, homelessness and growth. Contact her at [email protected] or by phone at (757)705-8066.

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