Townhome project proposed on Boise Bench


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A developer hopes to tear down a building at Overland Rd. and Shoshone St. in Boise and build 18 new townhomes in its place.

The proposal would replace the current two-story building surrounded by grass and parking with a series of three-story townhomes called Helens Village.

The project would include a set of four four-plex buildings with garages on the ground floor, living areas on the second floor, and bedrooms on the third.

“Each townhome will have a front porch, along with balconies, that will function as private open space,” Ben Semple with Rodney Evans + Partners wrote in an application letter.

Each unit will include the two-car garage, and additional shared parking will add another six spaces on site for visitors.

The site is zoned for as many as 33 homes on the site, but the owner, Broadway Preservation Project LLC, proposes just 18 units.

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1935 building would go

The building, currently home to Progressive Nursing, started out as a single-family home built in 1935.

Crews would tear it down to make way for the new project.

“While the building exterior does have some interest, the interior was renovated to convert the building into a commercial office in 1973, and removed a large amount of the original character of the building interior,” Semple wrote. “The location of the building on the site precludes the retention of the building while being able to provide access and redevelopment.”

Semple said they cannot move the building to another site due to structural issues, but said they would work to salvage materials as well as photographing the current building.

The project will need a number of approvals from the City of Boise, including a planned unit development permit and design review. The City of Boise has not yet set hearing dates.

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