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Townhomes, hundreds of houses in Meridian. 2 big city parks. What’s coming near you

As prices rise, home building booms from Boise to Caldwell

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.
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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.

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

Meridian

The first 27 acres of Discovery Park in south Meridian opened to the public on Saturday, July 27. At full build-out, the park will include 77 acres. The park includes a sand and water play area, a playground, softball fields and zip lines.

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Children play in the sand and water area at Meridian’s Discovery Park. Provided by City of Meridian

Brighton Corp. seeks to build 165 houses on 36 acres zoned for medium-density residential at the southeast corner of West Chinden Boulevard and North Tree Farm Way. The houses would be part of the Bainbridge subdivision, which was approved by the city in 2018. The Meridian Planning and Zoning Commission will consider Brighton’s application for a preliminary plat at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Meridian City Hall, 33 E. Broadway Ave.

Gray Wolfe Sr. of Ten Mile Development in Meridian wants to build a residential storage units on a 3-acre parcel at 3755 W. Perugia St., next to The Franklin at Ten Mile. The Meridian Planning and Zoning Commission will consider Wolfe’s application for a conditional use permit at its Aug. 15 meeting.

Chad Olsen of Envision 360 Inc. in Boise is modifying his plans to build townhouses at 3543 E. Tecate Lane, a subdivision called Verraso Village. He now plans 37 three-bedroom townhouses where he previously sought to build 56 two-bedroom units. The Meridian Planning and Zoning Commission will consider Olsen’s application at its Aug. 15 meeting.

Dave Yorgason of Tall Timber Consulting and Todd Campbell Construction, Inc. in Boise want to build 57 single-family houses on 20 acres at 905 E. McMillan Road. The Meridian City Council will consider their application in a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Meridian City Hall.

Phoenix Commercial Construction of Nampa is starting work on a $2.2 million, 4,600-square-foot clubhouse for its 196-apartment Summertown subdivision, according to BuildZoom.

Boise

The Boise City Council will hear an appeal over a 46-unit apartment complex planned at 5571 N. Eagle Road. Earlier this month, the Boise Planning and Zoning Commission approved a conditional use permit for the project, which would have nine buildings with four to eight units each. The appeal hearing will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at city hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd.

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Latonia Haney Keith

Concordia University School of Law has named Latonia Haney Keith interim dean as a national search begins for a permanent dean.

Haney Keith joined the faculty of the Downtown Boise law school in 2015. She succeeds Elena Langan, the second dean of the 7-year-old school, who accepted a job as dean of the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in New York.

Mountain West Bank plans to move its Downtown Boise branch from 800 W. Bannock St. to 121 N. 9th St.

Nampa

The city of Nampa opened the first phase of Midway Park, located southwest of Smith Avenue and Midway Road. The park includes a barn-themed playground and pickleball courts. The next phase will include permanent restrooms, a splash pad, and more parking. When complete, the 52-acre park will be the largest in Nampa.

Terry Reilly Health Services will move into a new office at 719 1st St. S.

Kiefer Automotive Group, of Eugene, Oregon, has started to build a 35,000-square-foot Subaru dealership on the east end of the Nampa Auto Mall near Interstate 84 at Idaho Center Boulevard.

The dealership will employ more than 100 people, the company said. It will include a public dog park. Completion is scheduled next May.

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Guests and speakers at a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 19, 2019, at the Capitol for the new Idaho Women’s Business Center. From left: Amy Lientz, Idaho National Laboratory, education partnerships director; Jessica Flynn, National Women’s Business Council board member; Ivan Castillo, Idaho Hispanic Foundation president; Diane Beven, Idaho Women’s Business Center executive director; U.S. Sen. James Risch; Gov. Brad Little; Allen Gutierrez, U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Entrepreneurial Development associate administrator; Don Melendez, Wells Fargo Idaho regional president; and Mike Satz, University of Idaho associate vice president. Keith E. Bevan SBA

Noteworthy

The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched a new Idaho Women’s Business Center to offer counseling, training, networking, mentoring and technical assistance to women entrepreneurs.

The center plans to open an office in Nampa and another in Twin Falls. It is opening an appointment-only satellite location in Boise and plans another in Idaho Falls. Locations have not been announced.

The center is hosted by the Idaho Hispanic Foundation. The University of Idaho is a center partner.

A previous Women’s Business Center in Idaho closed in 2016 after its local leaders could not raise enough money to meet the SBA’s cash-match requirement.

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.
David Staats is business editor of the Idaho Statesman, which he joined in 2004. He has assigned, edited and reported business, politics, government and other Idaho stories since 2006.Get the top Idaho business stories of the week in a free email every Monday morning. Go here, then press the “Select” button under Idaho Business.
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