One of the last large undeveloped sites on the Boise Bench is on the market.
Forty-four acres of the Simunich property between Victory Rd. and the New York Canal is on the market, with a call for offers due early next month.
The full site covers 60 acres, but the remaining 26 acres closest to Vista Ave. are not currently on the market.
The Simunich family long owned various properties across the Boise Bench. They’ve held this site as far as records with the Ada Co. Assessor are available. The Simunich’s applied with the City of Boise earlier this year to subdivide the property.
Until recently, the site was used for active farming though it’s unclear it’s currently actively farmed this season.
The site is largely surrounded by single-family homes and is the largest undeveloped site on the Boise Bench. The call for offers doesn’t stipulate a possible price for the land but asks for $500,000 in earnest money. Bids on the property are due by August 4th, according to the offering flier.
The property is currently zoned for agriculture use, but the city’s land-use planning map designates it as mixed-use. That calls for a mix of retail, commercial, office, restaurants, and ‘high-density residential’ uses.
A flurry of recent land sales has seen high-dollar offers, including a piece of property owned by the Boise School District that fetched $800,000 per acre.
Urban renewal, park hopes
The Capital City Development Corp. included it in a study area for a possible urban renewal area on the Boise Bench, but Boise Mayor Lauren McLean previously told BoiseDev those plans are on hold for now.
In 2019, the Vista Neighborhood Association asked the City of Boise and then-mayor Dave Bieter to purchase all or a portion of the 60-acre site for a park. The city said it didn’t have funding to buy the property and explored a donation, as BoiseDev’s Margaret Carmel reported at the time in a previous role at the Idaho Press.
City of Boise spokesperson Bonnie Shelton, who currently handles media for both the parks department and the mayor’s office, said they currently aren’t involved.
“The city has not been involved in any recent discussions about the property you mentioned,” she said.
Carmel reported in 2019 that several buyers expressed interest in the site, including a proposal from Conger Management to build 250 homes.