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91 apartments proposed for Boise Depot Bench

The Boise Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on Dec. 5 on a proposal to put 91 apartments east of Vista Village.
The Boise Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on Dec. 5 on a proposal to put 91 apartments east of Vista Village. Provided by Boise Planning and Development Services

The owners of the Vista Village retail center want to build five apartment buildings on 7.4 acres along the railroad tracks on the north side of Kootenai Street between Robert Street and Federal Way.

The two- and three-story buildings would feature 91 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Also planned is a two-story clubhouse with a fitness center.

The Day family owns the land.

“The owners of the land have a vested interest in the current and future well-being of the neighborhood,” the project’s architect, Rob Powell with Dave Evans Construction, stated in an application letter to the city. “As the current long time owners of the Vista Village retail center, they have shown their commitment to neighbors and tenants in recent facade and landscape enhancements to their buildings.”

The triangle-shaped site is bordered by Union Pacific-owned railroad tracks on all three sides — the main track on the east and two little-used spur tracks on the west and south.

In a Nov. 7 letter to the city, Union Pacific said any planning decisions should address pedestrian and vehicle rail-crossing safety, trespassing and noise and vibration concerns along with possible increased train traffic in the future.

The Boise Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing on the application 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd.

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