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Office, apartments could come to Bogus’ downtown office building

The downtown office for Bogus Basin could soon see a major revamp.

The commercial building at 2588 N. Bogus Basin Rd. – known as the “downtown office” for its location at the bottom of the hill near Hill Rd. – would see a total rework under plans filed with the City of Boise.

Property owner RFT Bogus applied to add a three-story expansion to the building, adding two new retail spaces on the ground floor, office space on the second level and a series of eight studio apartments on the third floor.

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Each studio apartment would be about 600 square feet. In all, the addition would ad 17,000 square feet of space the existing building.

Architect Slichter-Ugrin said in the application that the plan includes a complete revamp of the building façade.

Building’s history

The current building, known as Highlands Village, went up in 1980 according to property records. Smith’s Food and Drug built the 26,400 square foot building and operated it for 10 years. In 1990, the Salt Lake City-based retailer pulled out of Boise after a second zoning dispute with the City of Boise, according to a Desert News story in 1990. In 1972, Smith’s initially hoped to build a large 178,000 shopping center in Boise’s North End, but neighbors opposed it, according to the News.

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After Smith’s made good on its threat to leave town, Shaver’s took over the store location. The store later transitioned to a Ridley’s store. The building eventually saw a split into multiple tenant spaces, and a procession of other uses, including Crane Creek Market, The Pursuit church, and others.

RFT Bogus purchased the property last year from L&N Second. RFT Bogus is controlled by Bryan Richter of Eagle according to State of Idaho records.

The project will need approval for a planned unit development and design review from the City of Boise. Hearing dates not yet set.

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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