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Affordable housing with possible daycare planned for Boise Bench

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A new affordable housing project could come to the Boise Bench.

Pacific West Communities and Hawkins Companies submitted an application to bring 201 long-term affordable housing units to 6160 W Denton Street. 

The building would stand five floors tall. The first floor would hold the parking and the four stories above would hold the apartment units. There is a planned 197 total parking spaces, including six ADA spots. Of the 201 units, there would be 50 studios, 80 one-bedrooms, 59 two-beds, and 12 three-bed units. 

The project will be reserved for households earning from 30% to 80% of the area medium income with incomes averaging 60% AMI or less. The application said this depends on acquired funding. 

Along with the parking, the ground floor will house a leasing office, a fitness area, a community room, indoor bike storage, and a mail room. There is also a 2,400 square foot space that was originally designated as office space. However, following a neighborhood meeting, the developer is trying to convert this into a daycare space. The second floor will also feature a courtyard with a playground, a barbeque, and a picnic area. 

“The development is located in the Liberty Park Neighborhood on a 2-acre +/- site allowing the upper floors scenic views of the foothills to the northeast,” the application letter said. “The property is also situated amongst a high concentration of healthcare uses where residents will be proximate to a wide variety of medical providers… Residents will have immediate access to Liberty Park located directly to the southwest of the site as well as public transit to additional amenities and employment such as a Community Center less than one mile from the project. “

The application letter said that this complex would be owned, operated, and developed with the “overall intent” of adding to the long-term affordable housing supply in Boise. 

“This proposal is in direct support of the City’s “A Home for Everyone” initiative with the goal of ending homelessness for working families,” the application said. “These units will not only directly contribute to the required 2,770 new homes needed per year to meet local demand but wholly count toward the 77% of this demand for those earning 80% or less of the area median income per the data on the City’s website.”

The applicant is seeking planned use development approval from the Boise Planning and Zoning Commission.

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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