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Plans for apartments show Elmer’s torn down, Papa Joe’s untouched


Last month we told you about a plan for apartments along Capitol Blvd., with an early plan showing the demolition of two long-standing Boise restaurants.

Formal plans are in – and one restaurant building is untouched, while another would be torn down.

CA Ventures hopes to build apartments across two sites owned by Elmers Restaurant at Capitol and Yale St. Currently, the site has the longstanding Elmers building as well as surface parking.

The site plan shown to city planners during a pre-application meeting showed the project extending to the nearby Papa Joe’s site and the long-standing Totem Building. But the final plan doesn’t include the site.

The north building would include 41 apartments and a total of 139 bedrooms. The south building along Capitol would have 47 units and 126 bedrooms. This building would also have a fitness center, outdoor courtyard, hot tub, outdoor TV, and more. Parking for 87 cars and 88 bikes is also included between the two buildings.

Site plan for apartments planned on Elmer’s site in Boise, ID

“The project will provide conveniently located housing opportunities for students, staff, and faculty of Boise State University and for Boise residents in close proximity to downtown Boise and the BSU campus. It will also include approximately 500 square feet of retail and commercial space,” BDE Architects wrote in an application letter.

Instead, two buildings are planned on either side of Lois Ave. Each would include ground floor parking and apartments above, rising a total of five stories.

A request for comment from Elmer’s Restaurants was not returned.

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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