New Downtown Boise condos planned for 10th and Grove

Construction of two multi-use projects on North 10th Street could begin this spring.

zkyle@idahostatesman.comFebruary 22, 2014 

An artist’s rendering of the proposed condo and parking building at 119 N. 10th St.

PROVIDED BY CSHQA

Different developers are planning to add condos, apartments, office space, retail space and parking to adjacent properties.

A six-story building with nearly 45,000 square feet is planned for the northwest corner of Grove and 10th streets, near Hotel 43. The first two floors would be parking, and the top four would have 26 to 28 condos.

The second project would renovate the John Alden Building, a three-story red brick building on the corner of North 10th and West Main streets, near the Idanha Hotel and One Capital Center. It would house seven to 14 apartments, office space, ground-floor retail space and a restaurant on the corner.

The projects would be undertaken by a partnership comprising Sawtooth Development Group, of Ketchum, and Prospect Cos. LLC of San Diego.

The condos would be the first built Downtown in several years.

“It feels like the right time in Boise with all the energy with the new Zions building and the JUMP project going in,” said Shane Felker, Sawtooth’s president. “Quite a few jobs will be moving Downtown. We’re excited to provide housing for some of those folks who will be moving there.”

JUMP is Jack’s Urban Meeting Place, the creativity center the Simplot family is building between 9th, 11th, Front and Myrtle streets. The offical name of the Zions Bank building is Eighth & Main.

Sawtooth has developed properties in San Diego. This would be its first Boise project.

The condos would have finished concrete floors, high vaulted ceilings, European cabinetry and an aesthetic that’s caught on in other cities, Felker said.

“We’re breaking new ground there in Boise by providing the first urban, contemporary loft styles,” Felker said. “We’re excited to bring some of that very urban, loft-flat style that’s been a part of other downtown revitalizations.”

For the Alden Building, Felker said he’s in talks with several restaurants but hasn’t struck an agreement.

Felker said the 10th and Grove plan has been submitted to the Boise Design Review Committee, and plans for the 10th and Main project will be submitted within a month. He hopes to start building the first project in three to four months and the second shortly after.

Boise architectural firm CSHQA is designing the project. Boise’s CSDI Construction Inc. will be the general contractor.

The condos were first reported by the Idaho Business Review.

Zach Kyle: 377-6464, Twitter: @IDS_zachkyle

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