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Amazon boom continues: Huge new warehouse in S. Boise likely for retail giant

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It appears Amazon, Inc. plans another large facility in the Treasure Valley. Yes, another one. It’s the latest in a significant series of buildouts in the Boise area by the retailing giant.

Dubbed Project Dove, the large facility would be part of the Pleasant Valley Business Park project in south Boise. Gardner Batt Capital is developing the warehouse project for an unnamed entity. The company developed several Amazon facilities in Utah. The project uses the same architect Amazon used for other local projects, AO Architects. It also has an identical color scheme, design, and similar layout to other local Amazon facilities.

Pleasant Valley Business Park is a joint venture of Ball Ventures, Ball Ventures Ahlquist, Adler Industrial, Doug Bates, Mike Boren, and Dave Boren. Bates, Boren, and Boren are the co-founders of Clearwater Analytics.

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Amazon’s growing local presence

The project is at least the 7th facility for the Seattle-based retail giant open or announced across Ada Co. and Canyon Co. (not including a Whole Foods store, which Amazon also owns). Amazon and the City of Boise last week announced an air cargo facility at the Boise Airport. The proposed facility is about four miles from the new cargo hub.

The Project Dove site would include a 1.33 million square foot building. This is roughly half the size of Amazon’s large facility in Nampa, which totals 2.56 million square feet. The Project Dove building has a larger first-floor building footprint than the Nampa site, but is only one story with a mezzanine versus four stories for the Nampa project.

The proposed warehouse sits at the corner of S. Orchard St. and a new extension of Lake Hazel Rd., which would eventually add a major east-west route south of Gowen Rd.

The application calls for 700 parking stalls for workers, as well as 98 loading docks. Another 390 spaces for trailers are also included on the site.

Project Dove Amazon Boise
Site plan for Project Dove. Via AO Architects

It’s unclear what Amazon might use the building for. It operates a variety of different industrial buildings:

  • Sortable fulfillment center – this is the type of facility located in Nampa along I-84, previously known as Project Bronco. Employees “pick, pack and ship customer orders,” alongside robots.
  • Sortation centers – Amazon operates at least one of these, in Boise near the WinCo Foods distribution center. Here, employees “sort customer orders by final destination and consolidate them onto trucks for faster delivery.”
  • Delivery stations – where “customer orders are prepared for last-mile delivery to customers.” A former FedEx building in Boise is a delivery station, as well as operations in Meridian and Nampa.
  • Non-sortable fulfillment center – Amazon says these are larger warehouses where employees “pick pack and ship… bulky or larger-sized customer items.” It does not appear the retailer has a facily of this type in the Boie area.
  • Receive centers – these buildings take “in large orders of the types of inventory that we expect to quickly sell and allocating it to fulfillment centers.” It also does not appear the reatiler operates this type of facility in the Treasure Valley.

The Project Dove building will need Design Review approval from the City of Boise. A hearing is currently set for December 8th.

Major growth area

Pleasant Valley Boise
A site map of the proposed industrial park project. Courtesy of Babcock Design.

As BoiseDev first reported in August, the City of Boise annexed more than 120 acres for the Pleasant Valley project. Ball Ventures Ahlquist CEO Tommy Ahlquist says the project will include industrial projects from Adler Industrial and his firm will build commercial projects in the multi-year large-scale development.

Pleasant Valley is in a part of Boise that is seeing significant growth, with the large-scale Locale project from CBH Homes, as well as a nearby proposal for Murio Farms and other potential projects.

The extension of Lake Hazel Rd. from Orchard St. to Memory Rd. will bring a significant new east-west connection in the area, and ACHD plans to realign Orchard St. to help smooth traffic flow from I-84 to the site.

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 don@boisedev.com.

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