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Two Boise Spectrum restaurants could be replaced with apartments

A major change could be on the way to the Boise Spectrum development, with the possibility of two large restaurants coming down and an apartment complex going up.

Daphne Romani with Erstad Architects met with City of Boise planners earlier this month for a pre-application meeting on two properties at the corner of Spectrum St. and Entertainment Ave.

The two sites are currently home to the former Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant and the current El Tenampa Restaurant. Johnny Carino’s closed in 2016, and the building has sat vacant and for lease in the years since.

The initial plan presented to the city would replace the restaurants with apartments that sit along the “curve” where Spectrum St. transitions to Entertainment Ave. Pre-application meetings are preliminary and do not always translate into a formal plan.

The site plan submitted shows a 124-unit apartment building with surface parking behind. It would include a mix of studio, one and two-bedroom units, with 143 parking spaces.

California-based Boise Spectrum developer DD Dunlap Co owns the properties.

If the plan moves forward, it would be the latest in a string of concepts to add multi-family housing to existing retail centers. The owner of the former Sears store presented a plan to add apartments to Boise Towne Square in 2021, though that project has not moved forward. Village at Meridian developer Centercal won approval earlier this month for an expansion that would add additional retail space and apartments to the lifestyle center at Eagle Rd. and Fairview. A plan is also moving forward to add an apartment complex to the site of a former Fred Meyer store at the Hillcrest Shopping Center.

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Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
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