Expensive houses in Eagle. A school in Boise. A Caldwell park. What’s coming near you

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


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An artist’s endering of the new Highlands Elementary School in Boise. Provided by the Boise School District

The Boise School District has obtained a permit to build a new Highlands Elementary School. The $10.9 million school will have 42,755 square feet and 16 classrooms, along with a cafeteria, music room gymnasium and other specialty rooms. The existing school, which will be demolished after the new school is completed, has 26,247 square feet. The Statesman wrote earlier about a debate over whether to remodel the existing school or build a new one. Information from

The Commons Climbing Gym has obtained a permit to build a rock-climbing gym at 4795 W. Emerald St. The project involves joining two existing buildings to create 11,107 square feet. Some demolition work will take place on the exteriors of both buildings and new, higher walls will be added. The Statesman wrote about the gym in March. Information from

Mark Guho of Joplin Pond is seeking a permit to build a construction contractor’s office, shop and yard at 11532 W. Joplin Road.


Grand Peak Development is starting construction on two 10,000 square-feet multi-tenant retail buildings near its Sawtooth Village apartment complex at 1405 W. McMillan Road. The two-story buildings will include office lofts and ground-floor retail. Sawtooth Village includes 21 fourplexes and a community center with a swimming pool.

The South Meridian YMCA is adding 8,644 square feet to its building at 5155 Hillsdale Ave. The $2 million addition will include a weightlifting area.

The coffee store Deja Brew Laugh a Latte, 112 Idaho Ave., is seeking a liquor license from Ada County. The restaurant already serves beer and wine at night.


Legacy Development is looking to plat the next phase of the Snoqualmie River subdivision on 38 acres at the northwest corner of West Decathlon Street and North Palmer Lane. The phase would include 82 lots.

Steve Bruneel of Eagle is looking to annex and rezone a 39-acre site at the northeast corner of West Homer Road and North Gooder John Lane to residential estates. The subdivision would include four estate lots.

The Eagle City Council plans to sell the Eagle Museum at 67 E. State Street to the Eagle Urban Renewal District.


The city of Caldwell is requesting to annex 37 acres into the city limits with a residential designation, along with a special-use permit, to build a public park at 411 Blaine St. Caldwell recently acquired the land from the Idaho Transportation Department.


Boise’s US Ecology. Inc. has signed an agreement to merge with NRC Group Holdings Corp., which provides emergency responses to oil spills.

The two companies valued the all-stock transaction at $966 million. US Ecology stockholders will own about 70% of the combined company, and NRCG stockholders will own 30%.

The combined company will use the US Ecology name. Jeffrey R. Feeler will stay as president, CEO and chairman, and the company will remain in Boise.

Correction: A previous version of this article said that HomeRiver Group was starting construction on two fourplexes. In fact, the developer is Grand Peak Development, and they were building two retail properties.

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Kate reports on West Ada and Canyon County for the Idaho Statesman. She previously wrote for the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Providence Business News. She has been published in The Atlantic and BuzzFeed News. Kate graduated from Brown University with a degree in urban studies.
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