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Six-story apartment project possible on aquarium site by Boise mall


A new apartment complex could go up at the corner of Franklin Rd. and Cole Rd., on the current site of several businesses, including the Aquarium of Boise.

A representative for an unidentified developer held a pre-application meeting with the City of Boise for a six-story, 170-unit apartment complex and parking. The site at 60 N. Cole sits on the east side of the street, between the Union Pacific Railroad and Bethel St.

The property contains a warehouse building that dates to 1976, which has a number of tenants, including a book store and bail bonds business, in addition to the aquarium.

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The preliminary plan shown to the city could change or not move forward to the formal application stage. It shows a roughly W-shaped building with two courtyards that overlook the Union Pacific tracks. It would include 13 studio, 95 one-bedroom, and 62 two-bedroom apartments for a total of 232 bedrooms.

Parking for 210 cars is included both in a surface lot near the train tracks, as well as internal garage parking on the first floor. Bike parking and two amenity spaces are also shown on the plan.

In pre-application notes filed by the city, planners suggest some units could be set aside at affordable rates “as support for height variance and parking reduction – without affordable component cannot support height.”

The developer will need to conduct a traffic impact study before applying, as well as holding a neighborhood meeting. If it moves forward to the formal application, it will need a number of permits from the city.

The Aquarium of Boise tweeted Monday that it is still open to the public.

The project is one of a number of apartment complexes proposed in the area near Boise Towne Square – though none have yet started construction. The projects include units on the former Sears site, next to the Mattress Firm store, and micro-units across a canal from the mall.

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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