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Building boom? Another apartment project proposed in currently quiet part of downtown Boise


The pipeline of possible apartments in an area of downtown Boise that’s mostly quiet continues.

DeChase Miksis applied to the City of Boise to replace two used car lots at the corner of 25th St. and Fairview Ave. with a new six-story apartment building in their place.

The site, currently home to Dietz Automotive and Bryston Auto Sales, sits in Boise’s west downtown area. Since the completion of the Broadway-Chinden Connector freeway in the early 1990s, the area has transitioned from a primary automotive gateway to downtown to a series of aging buildings and former auto-focused uses. Now, as shown on the BoiseDev Project Tracker, there are a half dozen apartment projects proposed or rumbling to life that would add more than 1,500 apartments to the area.

The latest project would add a total of 88 additional apartments, with 24 studios, 45 one-bedroom and 19 2-bedroom units. In all, it would add 107 bedrooms.

“The studio, 1-bed, and 2-bedroom units range from approximately 508 – 1,029 sf. Units facing the less
busy 25th St. and side yards include individual decks,” architect PivotNorth wrote in an application letter. “A partially enclosed community deck will be carved out of the Fairview Ave elevation, providing residents a sheltered outdoor space off the busy street. The project proposes community benefits such as covered parking, resident amenities to activate the street, and generous covered and secure bicycle parking.”

The apartments would also include a small commercial retail space at the corner of 25th St. and Fairview Ave.

The application says one parking space will be provided per unit, plus guest and office stalls. They are asking for a parking reduction of 30% from the city’s standard, citing the project being “transit-supportive” and including extra bike parking.

The project will need approval for design review from the City of Boise. A hearing date has not yet been set.

Booming area

The 25th & Fairview project is the latest proposal for apartments in the area corner on the western end of Downtown Boise:

BoiseDev Project Tracker
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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