An eagle-eyed reader spotted a sign for a public hearing at 3750 S. Maple Grove Rd. and asked us what might be happening. The site is immediately north of the Murgoitio park site, next to a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building.
Hayden Homes hopes to annex a nearly 8-acre parcel between the park site and church. Currently, the site has a single-family home and an out-building, which would be torn down. In its place, Hayden hopes to build a series of forty-two homes on a sideways-L-shaped parcel that wraps around the church and bumps up against West Jr. High to the east.
The Crestwood subdivision site plan shows a series of tightly-spaced homes along a new street branching off Maple Grove. The homes have limited outside space, but back up to the LDS church and its ballfield. Additional homes would sit away from Maple Grove between the church and school properties.
“Additionally, there are multiple opportunities within the area for public recreation, including Molenaar Park approximately 2/3 of a mile north of the project location,” Ben Semple with Rodney Evans + Partners wrote in an application letter. “The potential of future park space in the immediate vicinity ensures that future residents of this development will have ample opportunity for outdoor recreation independent of their private yards.”
Semple is referring to the large Murgoitio site which has long been earmarked for a park by the City of Boise, but last year was proposed for a housing development and smaller park. The plan was later called off.
“The single-family homes proposed with the project will be designed to be cohesive with the surrounding area,” Semple wrote. “Architectural style will be drawn from traditional ranch-style homes, with additional details, materials, and buyer options providing for interest and variety within the development. As the developer builds a wide variety of home types, examples of the homes to be built are included with the application materials. Generally, these will consist of either one or two-story homes, with variation in the façade through material changes and step-backs in walls from first to second floor.”
The property would include a playground area and open space.
The parcel is not currently in the City of Boise, and the applicants hope to bring it into city limits. The project will also need approval for a preliminary plat, rezoning, and planned unit development.