Letter: Housing project

February 6, 2014 

The city is about to approve a high-density housing project on the corner of Gekeler and Linden in Southeast Boise. The site is at the entrance of Lakewood, an established neighborhood noted for its family-oriented features. The site was a church but is now a Montessori school with an enrollment of about 150 students, and a parking lot.

The project, called Deep Green Homes, will include 12 homes with solar energy heating (photovoltaic panels), detached two-story cluster garages supplied with hydraulic stacking car lifts that allow for two cars per residence, and an orchard — no grass or common area. On school days there are at least 30 cars parked there.

Sounds like a great idea, right? And it would be Downtown, but at this location it is the anthesis of its neighbor. The city planners have made it very clear that they are not concerned with the impact this project has on Lakewood. Overflow parking is one concern. By allowing it at this location the city is using Lakewood as an example of wasted land because of its parks, ponds and walking paths. Or do they just want a look of Manhattan in Southeast Boise?

Planned Unit Development (PUD)13-00013.

KATHY JONES, Boise

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