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Single-family homes near Boise State could be replaced with large apartment complex

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Another multi-family development could be built along a rapidly changing stretch of Boise Ave. near the Boise State University campus.

Houston-based firm The Dinerstein Companies hopes to win approval from the City of Boise to rezone the site of four single-family homes along Boise Ave. for a new apartment complex with 164 units.

The proposal would bring about the demolition of four houses along Boise backed up to the Boise Bench. Application materials submitted to the City of Boise show three are used as current rental homes, while the fourth is occupied by its owner.

What’s proposed

Dinerstein says it hopes “to develop a 164-unit, multi-family residential housing project tailored
towards providing housing options for Boise State University students, employees, and
young professionals.”

The development would include a large underground parking space, with 294 parking spaces, which the developer says is more than Boise requires. The project will go up three stories, with a set of walk-up units along Boise Ave. Additional apartments arranged around three internal courtyards.

The project would have one, two, four, and five-bedroom units. Sixty-four percent of the apartments would be four and five-bedroom configurations, which Dinerstein says “provide a more affordable living option for residents.” The application doesn’t detail exactly how many of each apartment size would be offered.

Dinerstein says the project meets city code requirements to provide a mix of uses, but only lists a single use – apartments – in its application.

“We are pleased to incorporate a mix of housing types into the project,” Bon Linder with Dinerstein wrote in an application letter.” The project is expected to meet a significant student-housing demand, as well as serve the needs for housing for BSU faculty, BSU employees, young professionals, and others who want to live in close proximity to the BSU campus and/or downtown Boise. For that reason, units on the ground floor have exterior entries and sidewalks that extend directly to the street sidewalks, allowing the residents
to have their own stoop and direct access outside. The addition of these units also increases the
pedestrian activity in front of the building and helps break up the façade.”

The project would sit a few hundred feet from a Subtext Living apartment complex, dubbed Verve Boise, under construction at the corner of Boise and Protest Hill, which went through a number of alternations between its initial proposal and approval. Neighbors and others raised concerns over the design, density, and displacement of existing residents for the Subtext project.

To move forward, the Dinerstein project will need to win approval from the City of Boise for rezoning. A hearing date has not yet been set.

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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