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Meridian will allow taller buildings, new office and retail at Ten Mile & Franklin

More office space, retail and housing is coming to Ten Mile Crossing in Meridian.

Developed by Brighton Corporation, Ten Mile Crossing is located on the southeast corner of Franklin Rd. and Ten Mile Rd. with Paylocity, The Lofts at Ten Mile and Saltzer Medical as tenants.

During Meridian City Council’s Tuesday night meeting, Brighton representative Jon Wardle asked council members to approve a preliminary plat for the Ten Mile Center Subdivision and a rezone and development modifications for the area.

[Large residential, retail, office project planned for busy Meridian corner]

The Ten Mile Center Subdivision will consist of 83 buildable lots and two common lots with space for retail, office, entertainment, medical, and other amenities.

“There will be 3.5, additional miles of public pathways created at the completion of the Ten Mile Crossing,” Wardle said during the council. “… (and) a future gathering plaza that was requested by the P&Z commission. We really feel like that future gathering Plaza should look and feel integrated into the project like the Generations Plaza is in Downtown Meridian.”

Public comment

The new development agreement would raise the maximum building height from 65 feet to 100 feet. This change sparked discussion and prompted some residents to speak up.

“I know there are some folks who had opposition, like raising the height of the building,” council Vice President Brad Hoaglun said. “This truly was a place that we were going to have height in this area, as opposed to other areas of our city, that was planned. And also previous changes have been made for us, this is not the first time we’re tweaking this plan a bit, and we have to go through these details.”

Another concern voiced during the public hearing was about on-street parking near the commercial area.

“We do feel like on this site will be much more commercial-oriented/ office, maybe even a little bit of retail,” Wardle said. “But, but we feel like the on-street parking really relates more to the residential, as we would have residential in this area. And that would be the appropriate place for the on-street parking.”

After deliberating, the council unanimously voted to approve the applications.

“We made some changes to the area because of the changes in the marketplace, because the Village… It was still going to be a major employment center with a lot of mixed-use, and really overall it’s kept the vision, maybe some of the details have changed but the vision of what this was going to be is being followed,” Hoaglun said. ”… It is something I think the community can be proud of.”

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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