Several hundred apartment units off of State Street got a thumbs up from the Boise Planning and Zoning Commission, but not without stipulations.
Matlock Village Apartments is a proposed 224-unit complex at 9474 W State Street, where State Street and Duncan Lane intersect. The project received a good deal of pushback from the North West Neighborhood Association of Boise. However, the development was approved with several conditions, including extending Ulmer Lane and adding a streetlight at the Ulmer Lane and State Street intersection.
The one to three-bedroom units would be spread across five apartment buildings ranging from three to four stories. The site would provide 302 parking spaces along with several amenities that include a pool and gym.
“The project meets the goals of the State Street corridor transit-oriented development policy guidelines which calls for an increase in transit-supportive density within the corridor and supports modifying current zoning to encourage higher density residential at the nodes with the diversity of housing types and prices,” city staff member Delanie Garlick said.
NWNA President Richard Llewellyn came to the meeting to express the association’s concerns with the project, namely focusing on the “lack of adequate” infrastructure and transportation. Llewellyn cited traffic studies showing significant increases in traffic and a lack of signalized intersections nearby.
“And that’s a problem,” he said about the traffic. “Really, what we have here… is a train wreck coming to these intersections, and we’re watching them in slow time and there’s nothing that seems like our neighborhood can do about it.”