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Townhomes to replace North End Organic Nursery’s original location on Hill Road

Boulders form a retaining wall between the North Hill homes and Hill Road. A second retaining wall is located behind the homes.
Boulders form a retaining wall between the North Hill homes and Hill Road. A second retaining wall is located behind the homes. jsowell@idahostatesman.com

Nearly three years ago, the North End Organic Nursery moved from Hill Road to its new home on Chinden Boulevard in Garden City.

In its place, 26 two-story townhomes are under construction just east of North 24th Street. KB Financial is building two-bedroom units with 1,400 square feet of space and three-bedroom homes with 1,900 square feet. Each comes with a two-car garage.

The energy-efficient Energy Star homes are priced between $355,000 and $418,000. Eight homes, four of each size, have been completed, and two additional three-bedroom homes are partially completed. The second of three phases has just begun, with completion expected next spring, developer Ron Beckman said.

“We’re trying to keep true to that North End Organic Nursery kind of vibe,” Beckman said. “They were kind of an icon there. A lot of people still remember them being here.”

Beckman said his company opted to install a boulder retaining wall on the hillside behind the development rather than concrete to give it a more natural look. Beckman said he would provide up to $2,500 in matching funds for buyers to install an electric car charging station in their garage.

“Our audience would be the person that kind of loves the North End, loves the outdoors: bike riding, skiing, hiking, walking,” Beckman said. “That’s what most of the people are attracted to.”

While 40,000 cubic yards of dirt was removed from the 3.4-acre parcel, nearly all of it came from the flat areas of the property, Beckman said.

“We excavated very little into that hill,” he said. “It’s very stable because it’s been there a long time. We didn’t do anything to change that.”

Originally, plans called for 29 homes, but Beckman said he scaled back the project slightly.

“We decided instead of 29 that we’d only build 26 so we didn’t have to dig into the hill,” Beckman said. “We just didn’t want to do that.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @JohnWSowell

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