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Live/work apartment complex planned for Boise Bench


A new apartment complex could come to Emerald Street in Boise. 

The city received an application for The Gem, a 21-unit apartment at the corner of E Emerald and Wilson streets. 

The development would have two buildings, an apartment building, and another that’s a mixed-use live/work building. The four-story apartment building would house 18 units ranging from 424 to 1,210 square feet. The three-story mixed-use building will consist of three live/work units ranging from 1,541 to 1,610 square feet. There would be around 900 square feet of commercial space per unit. 

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The application letter said the design will be “modern.” 

“The design will be modern in flavor and will be intended to attract residents who desire an upscale home within a vibrant area of Boise,” the letter said.

There will also be patio decks incorporated. It is noted that they will design the building to not have windows and balconies facing the backyards of neighbors. 


The applicant, EV Studio, will be in front of the Boise Planning and Zoning Commission on May 2 with a variance request. 

The applicant is asking that the city allows for a reduction in the required parking setback on the north side of the property, from ​​a 15’ rear yard setback to a 5’ setback. 

“The Gem is intended to bring a new variety of housing options, as an infill project, to this Boise subdivision and will be a great addition to the neighborhood,” the application letter said. “Based on the hardship of the depth of the site, the recommendations from ACHD, and the existing conditions of the site as a corner lot with existing parking conditions, we are requesting a variance to reduce the rear parking setback from 15’ to 5’ to make this project possible.”

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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