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‘Crystal Barn’: Large N. Meridian shopping center would feature wave pool, unique design


One of the anchor buildings in north Meridian’s large Orchard Park development has been announced – though we still don’t know what might open.

Orchard Park, formerly Linder Village, is a large mixed-use project with retail buildings, office space, drive-thru sites, parking, and future residential development. It sits at the corner of Chinden Blvd. and Linder Rd.

Boise-based High Desert Development has announced what it is calling a “Crystal Barn.” Orchard Park’s developers contracted with Los Angeles firm EC3 to design the project.

“In the post-pandemic, Amazon-led world, our client recognized that the time has come to reinvent the business model of shopping centers,” EC3 founder Edwin Chan said. “Instead of thinking about the business of shopping in terms of maximizing square footage for ‘points of sales,’ we are creating a memorable place to promote social encounters and share experiences for the consumer.”

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Wave pool planned

Orchard Park crystal barn
A stylized model of the crystal barn concept. Via Via EC3

The 65,000 square foot building would include two 350-ft parallel structures. Inside the barn would feature various retail spaces. The release said it would have amenities that include a ‘wave-surfing pool.’ EC3 said the Meridian, Idaho project is inspired by Marfa, Texas, and Mass MOCA in North Adams, Massachusetts.

The Orchard Park website shows the indoor wave pool inside of a large structure, with food trucks parked outside. The news release says future phases of the project would include a brewery and wedding chapel.

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“In addition to accommodating a variety of activities and experiences curated by HDD, we also envision cultural institutions, art fairs, digital content producers, and other creative enterprises being able to utilize Crystal Barn for shows, sound stages, productions, and other temporary uses,” Chan said.

BoiseDev told you about Orchard Park’s food hall its most recent development announcement here. The project is anchored by Winco Foods and a future Meridian library branch.

The projects would need approval from the City of Meridian. EC3 and High Desert say they hope to start construction this summer.

Orchard Park Meridian
Future phases of Orchard Park. Via EC3

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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