‘Efficient living:’ complex with studio & one-bed units could come to Boise


An application submitted to the City of Boise shows new apartments could soon pop up near Boise Towne Square. 

The 50’ tall and 4.25 story building would sit at 709 N. Cole Rd. The apartment would be a mix of single beds and ‘high efficiency’ studios.

“The Valley Regional  Transit Town Square Mall transfer station is approximately 600 feet away, providing direct access to a significant number of the bus routes offered in the valley,” the project application letter said. “The site plan orients the buildings along Cole Road with parking behind and maintains cross‐access with the property to the North.”

The application said the 61 total units would be made up of 39 studios and 22 one-bedrooms. The complex would have a fifth-floor penthouse and the remaining space would be an outdoor amenity area.

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“Site features include multiple areas for bike parking; one of which is an enclosure with finishes matching the main structure and the other bike parking area is surface bike racks,” the application letter said. “Additionally, the trash enclosure has been placed for convenient access for the refuse company and for resident access. Multiple connection points have been made to existing pedestrian walkways to allow easy access to neighboring businesses.”  


The application letter said 48 parking spaces would be available, but the city requires 50 spaces plus six guest spots for this size project. There would be 16 compact spaces, three ADA, and six electric charging stations. 

“Per Boise city code .75 spaces are required per each studio and 1 space is required for each one‐bedroom unit and 1 parking space per ten units for guests,” the application letter said. “This project is located approximately within 600‐feet of the Valley Regional Transit Town Square Mall transfer station and per section 11.06.03F is allowed up to 6 spaces reductions, however, this project will only need a reduction of 2 spaces.”

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The applicant will be in front of the Boise City Design Review Committee on October 13, 2021.

“The design intent of this multifamily project is to provide efficient living spaces for those that work on an average income in Ada County and do not require larger living single-family homes,” the application letter said. “Exterior and interior finishes have been selected to minimize maintenance and work with the surrounding developments. The project goal is to provide what is needed for day-to-day living  without excess.”

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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