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‘Classical styling’: New details show plan for large proposed downtown apartment project

Alliance Residential hopes to build a new seven-story apartment project in Downtown Boise, taking up a full city block near the entrance to the I-184 Connector.

Alliance is asking for approval from the City of Boise on land currently owned by Hendricks Commercial Properties. The site currently houses the Boise Creative Center and a parking lot used by Treefort Music Fest. BoiseDev first told you about the project last week, and Hendricks officials say Alliance would buy the property if it wins approval for the project from the city.

As we reported, the Saratoga Apartments would bring two stories of parking, with one underground and the other on the first floor of the project, with space for 331 vehicles. The project would include 305 apartments, as well as retail on the ground floor on the block bounded by Front St., 11th St., Grove St., and 12th St.

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Hendricks purchased the parking lot from LocalConstruct (now Roundhouse), and went about buying other properties on the block – which include the Creative Center building as well as a former home that houses a salon. The building would be demolished to make way for the project. The project would eliminate the current alley through the site.

Courtyard-style design

Saratoga Apartments Boise
Site plan for Saratoga Apartments at 1201 W. Grove St. in Boise, ID. Via Urbal Architecture/The Land Group

“Exterior finishes will be primarily brick masonry and stucco with vinyl windows and aluminum storefront for fenestration,” Urbal Architecture wrote in an application letter with the City of Boise. “The detailing and overall composition is (sic) focused on a classical styling for the brickwork and brick detailing with modern touches in the use of stucco and fiber cement trim. Two different colors of brick will be used to break up the overall mass of the building and the stucco and trim elements will be used to keep a cohesive design across the entire design.”

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The first floor would also include a club room and storage for bikes. The second level of the building would include an amenity deck for residents, with a pool, club room, BBQs, and a courtyard. Apartments on the second through seventh floors of the building would form a donut shape with units either facing out toward the surrounding streets or internally toward the courtyard.

Units would range from 495 square-foot studios to two-bedroom units as large as 1,175 square feet. Application materials indicate the apartments would be sold at “market rate” – neither in the affordable or luxury segments, but instead fetching typical rent rates for the area.

The project will need design review approval from the City of Boise. A hearing date is not yet set.

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