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Boise ballpark developer bought a 103-year-old bar. Now they might put up apartments along I-184

Greenstone Properties hoped to build a ballpark for the Boise Hawks and a pro soccer team in Downtown Boise, surrounded by amenities like apartments and commercial space. The project never quite happened, and the Georgia developer now has its sights set on Expo Idaho.

But in 2019, Greenstone bought the Symposion bar and the land it sits on, a few months after the death of the bar’s owner.

Now, though the ballpark won’t happen, Greenstone’s chunk of property along the Interstate 184 Connector could see those apartments.

The Fletcher

The City of Boise took in an application for The Fletcher, a seven-story apartment complex with 169 units. It would replace the 103-year-old bar building, built in 1918, which crews would tear down.

The project would sit on the parcel bound by Fletcher St., I-184, and 27th St. It is separate from another project proposed in the same area – the 27th & Fairview Apartments we told you about earlier this year sits right across the street.

The project would include 50 studio, 84 1-bedroom, and 35 2-bedroom units, for a total of 205 bedrooms. The first two levels would primarily feature a parking garage with five stories of apartment units above.

Via Stack Rock Group/Cushing Terrell

The first floor would also include a small retail space with patio, on a pointy tip of the triangle-shaped building that faces the Boise River Greenbelt. Parking for 176 vehicles would be provided on-site, less than the 205 required according to the application. Parking for 196 bikes is also included in the plan.

“The vision for the project is to create a much-needed small apartment community addition within the West End neighborhood in proximity of the Boise River recreational waterway and the Greenbelt pathway systems,” Bryan Hallowellwith Cushing Terrell wrote in an application letter. “Outdoor seating and dining spaces are planned to activate the outdoor environment and encourage pedestrian connections of Fletcher Street to the Greenbelt.”

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Sits along I-184

The building design features an internal courtyard, as well as rooftop patio spaces. According to application materials, the building design would feature a cement stucco product as well as corrugated metal panel cladding. It sits along the elevated I-184 Connector freeway on one side.

“The use of corrugated material metal panel is used to create an interesting articulation along the I-84 (sic) Interstate corridor to enhance the presence of the building facade adjacent to the Interstate,” Hallowell wrote. The building would include a “corridor landmark feature with unique facade modulation and articulation signifying a respectful visual gateway into and out of the downtown area along the Interstate connector.”

Via Cushing Terrell

A rendering shows how the living space of the apartments facing I-184 would be modulated to aim the primary window generally away from the busy freeway, though it would remain visible.

Between The Fletcher and the 27th and Fairview Apartments project, a total of 527 apartments could be built on the mostly empty land. Another project nearby, from Boise-based developer Roundhouse, could add another 400 apartments. If each of the projects gains approval and are built, it could bring nearly 1,000 apartment units in an area that’s now largely vacant.

A design review hearing for the project is set for June 9th. Due to limitations with the new City of Boise online permitting system from Accela Government Systems, we can’t link you directly to the hearing information sheet, but if youclick here,then click the Documents tab and look for “PDS-Correspondence – DRC_HEARING NOTIFICATION LETTER_MAY 10, 2021” link you will find details.

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