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You asked: What happened to the office project by Fred Meyer? (Something new’s planned)

In 2018, BoiseDev brought you an update on a triangular lot on Overland Rd., just to the west of the Fred Meyer at Five Mile Rd. A long-gestating project to build a large office park appeared close to moving forward.

Fast forward to 2021, and the lot remains empty.

Now, two separate projects could bring houses and apartments to the site.

Southpoint Cottages

Earlier this year, the Boise City Council approved a project to add 36 single-family townhomes on the rear of the site. The project would feature a series of 900 square foot two-story houses, each with a detached garage and courtyard/patio.

The project would sit in the southeast corner of the site on about four acres of the site.

“We are proposing approximately 1.00 acres or 24.8% landscaped open space for the development,” Conger Development wrote in an application letter. “The open space will be accessible to all residents of the subdivision. Access to the existing pathway along Five Mile Creek will be granted through three pathway connections to the south of the development.”

The city council signed off on a preliminary plat on the site in January.

Possible apartments

Apartments at Southpoint site. Via Pivot North

The remaining 9.7 acres could include a large apartment complex. A pre-application meeting with the City of Boise earlier this month indicates a plan in the works to add 156 apartments on the site.

A site plan shows 13 apartment buildings, largely along Overland Rd., with parking between the apartments and the adjacent neighborhood. An amenity building would anchor the middle of the site, as well as a pool and spa.

The renderings show a series of two, three and four-story buildings. Plans show 30 1-bedroom, 78 2-bedroom and 48 3-bedroom units, for a total of 330 bedrooms.

A formal application for the apartment portion of the project has not yet been submitted to the City of Boise.

Previously, site plans showed an 11-building office project on the 13.7-acre site. Another plan, for a large indoor beach volleyball facility, also didn’t materialize.

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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