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Another Downtown Boise housing project proposed - this one near the Ada County Courthouse

River Caddis Development Corp. of East Lansing, Michigan, plans to build an eight-story building with housing, ground-floor retail businesses and interior parking at 3rd and Myrtle streets. The location is across the street from George’s Cycles and a block south of the Ada County Courthouse.
River Caddis Development Corp. of East Lansing, Michigan, plans to build an eight-story building with housing, ground-floor retail businesses and interior parking at 3rd and Myrtle streets. The location is across the street from George’s Cycles and a block south of the Ada County Courthouse. Provided by GGLO Design

A Michigan developer plans to construct an eight-story building with housing, ground-floor retail and interior parking a block south of the Ada County Courthouse.

River Caddis Development Corp., of East Lansing, is seeking a zone change for the property at 3rd and Myrtle streets, in Downtown Boise’s Central Addition neighborhood. The change would allow higher-density housing than what is allowed in the Residential Office zone.

“This will result in a building that provides more residential and mixed use development in the River-Street-Myrtle Street neighborhood, which is in support of city of Boise Master Plan goals,” Tom Sheldon, an architect with GGLO Design of Seattle, wrote in a letter to the city. “To ensure that the project maintains a sense of scale agreeable to pedestrians and the surrounding context, building massing will be modified to reduce the perceived size.”

The zone change request is similar to ones approved for two other nearby housing projects. The Cartee, a 160-apartment building, is to be built two blocks away, at 4th and Broad streets. And The Fowler, a seven-story, 159-unit apartment building, opened earlier this year at 5th and Myrtle streets.

Like LocalConstruct, developer of The Cartee, River Caddis has agreed to limit the building height to 95 feet, even though the C-5 Central District allows unlimited building heights.

Sheldon’s letter indicated the building will have 142 residential units, but he told the Idaho Statesman “we have not gotten far enough to pin down the exact unit count.”

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It was not clear whether the units would be apartments or condominiums, how much they might cost or how big they might be. Sheldon said he was not authorized to discuss details, and a call to River Caddis was not returned Wednesday.

The development would take up most of the block between South 2nd and 3rd streets and West Myrtle and Broad Streets. The northwest corner, where Lone Cone, a designer of children’s outdoors clothing and accessories is located, is not part of the development.

The parcel, owned by Bob Dean of Broad Street Llc., includes several small houses and other structures. It’s unclear whether those buildings will be moved or torn down.

GGLO Design has worked on other Boise projects for more than 15 years, Sheldon said. Recent projects include the Ash Street Worforce Housing, the Afton condominiums, the Gibson 5th & Idaho apartments and the Indian Creek Plaza in downtown Caldwell.

River Caddis expects to begin work next year on a project for 120 residential units and 12,500 square feet of commercial space in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. It’s also working on a $52 million housing development near Iowa State University in Ames.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @JohnWSowell.
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