A new, two-building apartment complex is headed to Broadway Avenue despite concerns from a neighbor about parking and pedestrian safety.
On Tuesday, Boise City Council unanimously approved an application from Coeur D’Alene developer Beegawk LLC to develop a 35-unit apartment complex with one and two-bedroom units at 2408 S Broadway Avenue. Because of its location near the Broadway Avenue bus line, the project qualified for a 10% parking reduction and will have 37 parking spaces.
This parking reduction, how residents will use public transit and the project’s proximity to Broadway, which is a state highway connecting to I-84, dominated the conversation about whether or not to approve the project. John Dittrich filed an appeal against the project, arguing that there was not enough parking at the project and the location of the bus stop would encourage residents to jaywalk across Broadway, potentially endangering their lives or risking severe injury.
Ultimately, City Council members disagreed with his arguments and opted to approve the project over his objections because it met the city’s development code and they said the project would cater to people who either have one car or no car at all.
More parking needed? Or not so much?
John Dittrich, the resident who appealed the approval for the planned unit development of the project, said multiple times during his presentation he feared the lack of parking spaces would lead to someone dying from being hit by a car.