A unique snake-shaped lot along I-84 could soon see a new project with a mix of three different uses if a plan moves forward.
Josh Leonard of Boise law firm Clark Wardle represented an unknown developer for a pre-application meeting in November for a potential project that would add storage units, a hotel, and apartments along I-84 across from the Boise Airport at the end of Elder St. The property is owned by Cherry 40, LLC, which is controlled by Santa Barbara, California-based Reichard Brothers IV, LLC.
The preliminary application splits the project into three separate uses. On the north side of the lot near Owyhee Park, the application calls for a set of apartments in three three-story buildings, as well as a clubhouse and tennis courts. The pre-application materials submitted to the City of Boise don’t specify how many units the project might include.
To the south of the apartments, the plan calls for a hotel building, though the plan says this would be built under a separate application. The Elder St. area on the north side of I-84 hosts more than half a dozen hotels under a variety of brands, all offering close access to the Boise Airport.
The east side of the project would feature a set of self-storage buildings as well as parking. The thin strip of land is wedged between a single-family subdivision and the I-84 sound wall.
City of Boise planners had a large number of notes on the potential project that could reshape it if it moves forward. They note the site isn’t zoned appropriately for self-storage and they “would not support” a rezone to commercial or industrial. They also had notes related to drainage, site access, trash and other items.
If the project moves forward, it will need a number of approvals, including a subdivision, a conditional use permit for the hotel, a planned unit development and conditional use permit for the apartments, and a modification to the site’s current development agreement.