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Boise approves Boise Bench townhouse project. Here’s how big they’ll be.

A rendering of Boise developer Scott Noriyuki’s proposed townhomes on Liberty Street on the Boise Bench. Noriyuki said his architect will change the design shown here so the buildings don’t have a “garage-dominated feel.”
A rendering of Boise developer Scott Noriyuki’s proposed townhomes on Liberty Street on the Boise Bench. Noriyuki said his architect will change the design shown here so the buildings don’t have a “garage-dominated feel.”

The Boise City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 11 unanimously approved Noriyuki’s plan plan to build 18 townhomes on 1.55 acres at 52. N. Liberty St.

Noriyuki told council members the homes will range between 1,200 and 1,400 square feet.

The story below was published July 16, 2018, under the headline “Affordable homes are the goal for this townhouse project on the Boise Bench.

The Boise Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday unanimously approved permits for developer Scott Noriyuki’s plan to build 18 townhomes at 52. N. Liberty St., and recommended the City Council approve a the project’s layout and a rezone of its 1.55-acre lot.

Commissioner Douglas Gibson said he liked the location of the proposed homes and the density of living space it would provide.

The story below was published July 16, 2018, under the headline “Affordable homes are the goal for this townhouse project on the Boise Bench.

Boise developer Scott Noriyuki says he’s worried that rising home prices around the Treasure Valley are going to push regular workers to outlying areas.

“There’s so much going on in Boise, Eagle, Meridian, where people are frankly priced out of the market, and it’s just not fair,” Noriyuki said Monday. “They’re going to have to live in Kuna or Caldwell or Nampa, and they’re going spend all their time and energy and money commuting instead of spending time with their families.”

Noriyuki said he hopes his projects counter that trend. Over the past several years, he has focused on small-scale infill projects that offer for-sale homes at low prices. These includes 14 narrow, closely packed single-family homes on the south side of Malad Street just west of Vista Avenue and a 28-townhome project under construction near State Street and Bogart Lane in Northwest Boise.

Noriyuki said he couldn’t remember how much the Malad homes sold for. The Ada County Assessor appraised their value this year between $223,000 and $230,000. The prices for the Bogart homes aren’t finalized.

Noriyuki’s latest project follows this pattern. He proposes to build 18 two-story townhomes at 52 N. Liberty St. in Boise’s Liberty Park neighborhood, south of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

Noriyuki said he hasn’t set a price range yet. The homes will be smaller and less expensive than most of what’s on the market today without sacrificing quality, he said. They should appeal to young single-income families and downsizing retirees.

“We need to give them very, very good homes that they can afford,” Noriyuki said. “Not everyone can afford a quarter-million dollar home.”

Boise’s Planning and Zoning Commission was scheduled to consider Noriyuki’s plan Monday night, July 16.

If there are no snags, he said, the project could be on the market by next July.

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