Infill residential project could replace industrial pocket in SE Boise


A pocket of light industrial and commercial in SE Boise could soon add more than 40 townhomes.

Payette Forward of Austin, TX applied with the City of Boise to rework five parcels it owns in the area of Highland St. and Division Ave., near Broadway Ave. Currently, the sites are home to a sign company, crossfit gym and various other non-residential buildings and parking. The site sits within a largely residential neighborhood.

The application for Sawmill Springs with the City of Boise aims to build 43 single-family homes in a townhome style. Each house would stand two stories tall, with garages pointed toward an internal alley.

“The architectural design will be a cottage style evocative of Boise’s West End homes, with porches at all front doors and foundation plantings used to soften the transition from structure to landscape,” Doug Russell with The Land Group said in an application. “Large front windows look out onto each unit’s yard or garden, while varied but complementary color schemes will give the development an attractive aesthetic. Varied materials used on the homes will add visual interest and give the homes a unique identity. Architectural design concepts are provided, including building floor plans, sections, and landscaping around each unit.”

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

Added housing

Site location for Sawmill Springs. Via The Land Group

Russell said they felt the development helps add housing close to Boise State and downtown Boise. Amenities for the project include a “micro-plaza,” community garden spaces and a “tot lot” play structure. The application letter says there are five trees on the site, four of which will be kept. Each unit would include a small front yard, and the applicant is asking the city for a variance on setback requirements.

Elevation plans submitted show a variety of different facade designs for the homes, with four different floorplans. Size runs from 1,880 to 2,250 square feet, and include three to four bedrooms. Some floorplans feature separate “his and hers” master bedroom closets.

The project will need approval from the city for a planned unit development, subdivision, and rezoning. The project is currently set to go in front of the City of Boise’s Planning & Zoning Commission on November 11th.

Site plan for Sawmill Springs. Via The Land Group

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
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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