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Roundabout set for Idaho 55 at large new riverfront housing project

If you’ve driven through Cascade in recent months, you might have noticed significant construction activity on the south side of town, just across the Payette River.

The River District project we first told you about in 2019 is moving forward. The project is large in scale, and would include hundreds of housing units, including apartments, cottages, townhomes, and traditional single-family homes.

What’s planned

The project spreads out over more than 120 acres where Idaho 55 meets the Payette River. The project includes:

  • 145 single family homes.
  • 11 cottage homes.
  • 46 townhomes.
  • 64 multifamily lots with a mix of four-plex units and 24-plex buildings.
  • 12 acres of commercial lots.
  • 35.62 acres of open space – including parks, common area and pedestrian paths.
  • 1-acre park along the Payette River.

Pontifex Capital has started offering the homes, including 1600 square foot townhomes and single-family homes placed along the Payette. An applicant’s letter said many of the homes would serve as second or vacation homes.

The project also includes several muti-family complexes – apartments – to serve the workforce and other similar needs in the area.

A number of commercial lots are marketed, for uses like restaurants, grocery, convenience store, office, spa or other businesses.

The project would roll out in a number of phases, with the areas closest to Highway 55 developed first.

The Davis family of Cascade proposed the project. Applicants Phil and Josh Davis are principals in Cascade’s Granite Excavation, Inc.

Round and round you’ll go

A key element of the plan not mentioned in our 2019 reporting, is a requirement by the Idaho Transportation Department for a future roundabout at the entrance to the project.

In the agency’s approval letter from February 2020, the department required a single-lane roundabout for the site. But, the traffic circle won’t be required to go in right away.

“Per analysis, the roundabout must be installed prior to 120 site trips,” ITD traffic engineer Erika R. Bowen wrote. “Developer shall annually provide ITD traffic volumes on Ponderosa Street between June to August to assess installation timeline of the roundabout.”

The design would add the traffic circle to the well-used highway that links the Treasure Valley with Valley County, a popular route for folks heading to Cascade, McCall, Tamarack and beyond.

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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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