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Design of downtown apartment project revised, proposed to go taller

A large-scale apartment project called the Ovation that BoiseDev first reported on last year has been working on some design changes that are now ready to be presented to the city. 

The original design of the Ovation had the complex standing at 19 stories. Now Madison, Wisconsin-based Hovde Properties is looking to get city approval for 23 stories. This ups the building height from 208 feet to 246 feet.

The building would sit across Front St. from the Home2Suites by Hilton hotel and across 6th St. from Trader Joe’s.

More changes include an additional parking podium moving that number from five to six, 49 more apartment units bringing the total to 258, and 58 more parking spots to make 267. The developer also wants to add 49 more bike parking spaces.

Ground-level rendering of Ovation from Front St. Via EUA

“We feel the modifications create a more attractive, aesthetically pleasing project for the City of Boise while the increased density is a more appropriate use of the prime location,” the letter of intent said.

The updated plan calls for 23 studio units, 122 one bedrooms, 97 two bedrooms, and 16 three-bedroom units. 

The project plan includes a couple of spaces for retail, a pool, a lounge, and an amenity deck.

Building demo

The Ovation would replace the Front 5 building, built in 1953. The brick building initially operated as a warehouse and still features loading docks along Broad St. The building transitioned to office use over time, but currently sits empty. Surveyors determined in 2011 that the building did not qualify for historic protection.

The building would be 23 stories compared to Zions Bank Building at 8th St. and Main St., which stands at 19 stories. However, Zions would still be taller at 323 feet.

The Boise City Design Review Committee conditionally approved the Ovation project back in December 2021. The team has agreed to hold work sessions on the revised plans with the city. 

BoiseDev’s Don Day contributed reporting.

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