The intersection of Fairview Ave. and Eagle Rd. has been the busiest in the state of Idaho for a number of years. Which is all the more remarkable because one whole corner is a place not many people go.
The northwest quadrant of Eagle & Fairview is a throwback to a time when the city that is now Meridian was largely made up of farm fields and pastures.
Kleiner family owns site
The Kleiner Trust owns the 72.5-acre site. It’s not actively listed for sale, there are no development applications, and other than a few farm workers and perhaps trespassers — has been largely empty for decades.
You might recognize the Kleiner family name. Nearby, Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park was donated by the Kleiner family to the City of Meridian in 2010 for a large regional park. But the park wasn’t it for the Kleiner family’s land holdings in the area.
In addition, the family owned the land under what is now the Village at Meridian, the large shopping, dining, and entertainment center that sits along the Fairview and Eagle corner. The Kleiners sold that land to California developer Centercal, which put together the Village.
The Kleiners also formerly owned two large parcels along Fairview – one is now the Carmax dealership, and the other – another empty field, is set for an apartment development from Brighton Corp. and Ball Ventures.