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Work begins on river-front apartments, restaurant, retail, and future hotel along Boise River

Work started recently on a project that would give Garden City a new tallest building.

BoiseDev broke news of the Boardwalk development in 2019. Now, the project is approved, site work is underway, and construction is about to begin.

Vida Properties proposed the mixed-use apartment, restaurant, and hotel project along the river near Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Through the approval process, the project shifted with a number of adjustments. It will include three key buildings – a large, riverside apartment building known as The Boardwalk, a smaller apartment building called 406 Place, and an unnamed hotel building.

Together, the two apartment buildings will include 275 units, with a mix of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom configurations. Parking will be included on-site, with underground, garage, and surface spaces.

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Phased approach

The project will roll out in a three of four phases, as well the infrastructure work currently underway.

First up, the signature building along the river.

The Boardwalk building will include a rooftop restaurant that will be open to the public with views of the Boise River and foothills. It will also include up to eight spaces for retail along the Boise River Greenbelt. Developers increased parking for this building from 111 spaces to 152 spaces during the approval process. The Boardwalk will feature 237 apartments, with 72 studios, 149 one-bedroom, and 16 two-bedroom configurations – for a total number of 254 beds.

The Boardwalk, true to its name, will also have a raised platform along the Greenbelt. Plans show a series of wavy patio areas, with a potential band stand, seating and multiple terraced levels.

“The Boardwalk — it’s a unique thing. You have the Greenbelt,” Vida Properties owner Michael Talbott told BoiseDev in 2019, said emphasizing ‘belt.’ “We want you to step up on the boardwalk. It will have some sort of planking like you might see along the ocean. It will delineate it from the Greenbelt.”

Next, Vida plans to start work on the smaller 406 Place apartment project, which sits directly behind the Boardwalk building. It adjusted this building by decreasing the height from 70 feet tall to 61 feet tall, and decreased the total number of parking spaces from 184 spots to 109. 406 Place will house 18 one-bedroom and 20 two-bedroom apartments, for a total of 58 beds.

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Hotel in later phase

Boardwalk Hotel Garden City
Hotel rendering. Via Erstad Architects

Lastly, work would start on the hotel project. Vida describes it as a boutique-type project and would reach up to nine stories tall along the river. Vida said in its application this would include 148 rooms, plus a restaurant, a rooftop bar, and two more commercial spaces, as well as an underground parking garage. The building would reach up to 121 feet, making it the tallest building in Garden City. It would include a total of 98 parking spaces.

Renderings also show rooftop pools and other features.

The project site is surrounded by a mix of uses, including the YESCO sign business, warehouses trailer homes, retail and traditional residences. Access by vehicle to the project would come along E. 41st Street or on foot or bicycle from the Boise River Greenbelt.

Talbott told BoiseDev in 2019 that he hoped the two river-front buildings would echo the river.

“We wanted to incorporate the effect of the river,” Weltzin said. “The way we are curving these buildings it almost looks like the erosion of the river on the land.”

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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