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Twenty-four townhomes proposed for site of two unoccupied SE Boise houses

A developer hopes to build a series of 24 townhomes at the corner of Boise Ave. and Pennsylvania Ave. in southeast Boise.

The project would add a set of five three-story buildings across two lots that currently include two homes set on large lots. The current houses appeared unoccupied during our visit. They would be demolished to make way for the Boise Views townhomes.

The developer is listed on the application as Boise Views, LLC – but no such entity has filed to do business in the State of Idaho. The Denver, CO address listed on the application for Boise Views LLC is the same as MVRK Development – which lists Boise Views and several other Boise-area projects in development.

Three and four bedrooms each

Rendering of the Boise Views townhomes. Via Chrysalis Architecture + Planning

The units would come in several configurations, each with a two-car garage on the ground floor and great room with kitchen, living, and dining on the second floor. Just more than half of the units would feature a rooftop deck. Units would range in size from 1,800 square feet to 2,400 square feet. Thirteen of the townhomes would include four bedrooms while 11 would have three bedrooms, for a total of 83 bedrooms on the site.

Beyond the two garage spaces per unit, crews would also build four guest parking spaces on the 1.16-acre site.

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“Boise Views is located in an existing neighborhood with a variety of residential and commercial types,” Richard Wilmot with Chrysalis Architecture + Planning said in an application letter. “The area is highly desirable for its access to adjacent parks and Greenbelt access. The project is located within a few hundred feet of parks and a short bike ride to the Bosie (sic) Greenbelt. “

Hearing delayed

The city initially set to hear the project’s request for a planned unit development on June 14th, but the Planning and Zoning Commission deferred the project until July. The Southeast Neighborhood Association requested the delay over concerns from Boise Fire and the city’s solid waste team.

The applicant made changes to the site plan in early June, after SENA’s last meeting before the initial June 14th hearing date.

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“This development marks a significant departure from the existing homes currently on the site,” SENA board member Fred Fritchman wrote. “SENA believes it is critical future livability and functionality of the neighborhood that the project be considered in a thoughtful manner…”

The project should appear in front of planning and zoning at its July 12, 2021 meeting. Because of limitations with the City of Boise records system provided by Accela Government Software, we cannot link you directly to the hearing notice. You can find details by clicking here, clicking the Documents tab, and clickingto the 7th page and selecting PDS-Action Letter – ACTION LETTER FOR THE JUNE 14, 2021 PZC HEARING.

If the project passes planning and zoning approval, it would also need a separate design review OK from the city.

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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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