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Boise is one of the nation's fastest-growing cities. Here's a look at what's already been built and what's to come for Idaho's capital.
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Boise is one of the nation's fastest-growing cities. Here's a look at what's already been built and what's to come for Idaho's capital.

The latest proposed developments, other construction projects and new businesses around the Treasure Valley:


Pioneer Crossing’s five-story office building at 13th and Myrtle streets is set to open this month, Colliers International reports. It is the final building in Ball Ventures Ahlquist’s $65 million Pioneer Crossing development Downtown. The development includes the 150-room Hilton Garden Inn, Panera Bread and a parking garage. First Interstate Bank, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, IGI Resources and Pivot will move in after construction is complete, Colliers said.

BrightStar Care of Boise is seeking to build a residential care center at 2222 S. Stephen Ave. The company proposes to remove an existing home at the site and construct a one-floor building with 4,800 square feet.

KB Financial is seeking a permit for the second phase of a townhouse project at 2256 W. Hill Terrace Lane. The two-story homes will have 1,904 square feet each.

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Collegiate Development Group of St. Louis wants to create apartments or condos on this parking lot at 270 E. Myrtle St. across Avenue A from WinCo Foods in Downtown Boise. Under an application submitted by the company in March 2019, the building could contain up to 243 housing units. Google Maps

The Boise Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, May 6, recommended approval of a zone change requested by Collegiate Development Group for a 1.8-acre parcel at 270 E. Myrtle St. The St. Louis, Missouri, company is seeking the change to build a seven-story building with either apartments or condominiums. The application will now go before the Boise City Council at a meeting not yet scheduled.

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From a filing with Boise Planning and Development Services

The Boise City Council plans a public hearing at 6 p.m. Monday, June 4, on 18 condominiums proposed at 1715 W. Idaho St.. Mussell Construction, on behalf of Cinco Talentos LLC of Boise, has applied to build the condos. The three-story building on a vacant lot is planned for 16,729 square feet.

The Boise City Council plans a public hearing at 6 p.m. Monday, June 4, on an application by Justin Snyder of Le Soleil Child Care to convert an office building that formerly housed chiropractic and law offices to a child care center for up to 40 children at 777 N. 4th St. The hearing is an appeal of the Boise Planning and Zoning Commission’s approval of the request.

Primary Health Medical Group has opened what it says is the first clinic in the Treasure Valley focused on pediatric urgent care. The 18,000-square-foot clinic is located near Eagle and Franklin roads in Meridian.

Old Dominion Freight Line proposes an addition to the company’s existing freight terminal at 1175 Lake Hazel Lane. It would add 53 doors and 18,920 square feet for loading and unloading freight.


An artist’s rendering of the proposed VillaSport athletic club proposed for Eagle Road and Ustick in Meridian. The building would house swimming pools, exercise machines, a cafe, a nail salon and children’s areas. Provided by the city of Meridian

VillaSport obtained approval of a conditional use permit from the city of Meridian for a 99,000-square-foot athletic club at Eagle and Ustick roads, Colliers International reports. It will also have 15,000 square feet of retail space. The Statesman wrote about the development in November.

Vertical View Climbing Gym is being built near Overland and Locust Grove roads, Colliers International reports. The four-story building will include a variety of climbing walls with heights between 20 feet and 65 feet. The Statesman wrote about the project in August.

The Collector’s Outpost leased 2,240 square feet of retail space in the El Dorado Marketplace, at 2951 E. Overland Road, according to Thornton Oliver Keller Commercial Real Estate. “Summer 2019 is going to bring some cool nerd culture to Meridian,” the store says on its Facebook page.

Graye Wolfe of Ten Mile Development LLC, based in Meridian, is applying for an amendment to the Meridian city code to allow residential storage businesses in medium-high and high-density zones with conditional use permits. The city now allows storage services only for residents of a development. Wolfe seeks to open a storage center near The Franklin at Ten Mile, an apartment complex at 3800 W. Perugia St.

A new Domino’s Pizza will open in northeast Meridian. The store will open at 3327 N Eagle Road, Suite 150, at the intersection of Eagle and Ustick roads. Renovations of the 2,262-square-foot space are slated to cost $342,462 according to a city permit.

Meridian, a Boise suburb, is adding thousands of residents every year. It is Idaho's second-largest city. Its population is estimated to 166,945 by 2040.

Ironclad Freedom Targets, which shells shooting targets, is moving into 2212 E. Commercial St. in East Meridian, near the intersection of Pine Avenue and North Locust Grove Road.

Maven Loft Salon is moving into 1585 E. Leigh Field Drive in northeast Meridian, near the intersection of East McMillan Road and North Locust Grove Road.

Maverik applied for a building permit for a new station at 1515 E. Fairview Ave. The station will include 5,518 square feet and is slated to cost $2.3 million.

A new Starbucks is slated to open at 4879 N. Ten Mile Road.

Columbia Sportswear is planning to open a store later this spring at The Village at Meridian, Colliers International reports. It’s the Portland, Oregon, retailer’s first shop in Idaho.


The developer of the Franklin Lofts Apartments at 1414 E. Karcher Road is applying for a. building permit to construct five new 16,000 square-foot apartments, with a total of 90 units.

Home construction is booming from Boise to Caldwell in Southwest Idaho, but home prices are still setting records, worsening the shortage of affordable housing for moderate-income buyers.

KAG Team Subaru of Nampa is applying to build a dealership at 5605 E. Gate Blvd. The project would include a sales showroom and offices, plus a detached car wash and service area. The project is slated to cost $4,500,000.

Idaho Central Credit Union is applying to build a $2.9 million building at 1255 Happy Valley Road.

Sunwest Bank is applying for a building permit for a new location at 5660 E. Franklin Road.

Vape Strong is slated to open at 5842 E Franklin Road in northeast Nampa near Idaho Center Boulevard and East Granklin Road.

The restaurant Holy Cow is set to open at 1226 1st St S. in downtown Nampa. The renovations to the existing building are slated to cost $40,000, and the owners hope to open their doors by late summer.

A to-go cookie cafe, Crumbl Cookies, applied for a permit to open a store at 16391 N. Marketplace Blvd. Crumbl recently opened a Meridian store and hass another shop planned for Boise.

Kristin Smith filed is slated to open a boutique, Antlers, at 1221 1st St. in downtown Nampa. Previously, the space was occupied by The LookOut, which specialized in Magic the Gathering game-play and card selection.

Kathy Wilkins of Nampa is opening a do-it-yourself craft store called Haven Place at 1343 N. Galleria Drive, the former home of Better Life Supplements and a boutique, Raffinata. Haven Place, located near I-84 and Garrity, will host creative workshops and expects to open on June 8.

Jackson Bidwell is looking to open a burger restaurant in a 1,418 square-foot space at 359 Caldwell Blvd. The proposed tenant improvements would cost $50,000.

The Medusa Smoke Shop will open at 193 E. Maine Avenue in a former Blockbuster video store.


Daniel Ferris is applying to build 114 houses on 33 acres of farmland on South Montana Avenue just north of Vallivue High in South Caldwell.


Idaho Youth Ranch is opening its new Equestrian Center at the Hands of Promise Ranch Campus at 28371 El Paso Road, Caldwell, near Middleton.

“The opening of the Equestrian Center at the Hands of Promise Campus marks the completion of the first phase of our capital campaign,” said CEO Scott Curtis in a news release. “The Equestrian Center will be home to our equine therapy program in the Treasure Valley and is the first structures built on the new Ranch Campus.”

A public grand opening will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9.

Noteworthy says it is adding 22 new positions in Boise this month. The positions range from cloud engineers to developers and integration specialists. The hiring follows a private equity investment in by Iconiq Capital of San Francisco. Truckstop says it will help the company focus on updating existing products and bringing new products to market.

Colliers International says local office-vacancy rates are at historic lows, and rents are rising fast.

“Currently there is a disconnect between landlord and tenant expectations,” Colliers wrote in its latest quarterly report. “Tenants with leases expiring are surprised by rates jumping 15-30% in the first year of the tenants renewal option — illustrating the lack of office product available and a more landlord-friendly market.”

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Reporter John Sowell has worked for the Statesman since 2013. He covers business and growth issues. He grew up in Emmett and graduated from the University of Oregon.If you like seeing stories like this, please consider supporting our work with a digital subscription to the Idaho Statesman.