Boise & Garden City

LocalConstruct changes look of Boise Central Addition apartment building, gets city approval

Developer LocalConstruct hopes to move historic houses on the west side of 5th Street between Myrtle and Broad streets within a few weeks, get building permits by the end of July and break ground in mid-August on its 7-story, 158-apartment building in Boise’s Central Addition.

The company applied for its first building permit on the project Tuesday, Vice President of Construction Jason Osterburg said.

In recent weeks, the plan has received approval from the Boise City Council and Design Review Committee. A subtle change LocalConstruct made to the building’s design was popular at City Hall.

Instead of a single brick facade on the building’s west side, the plan now calls for narrow gaps that break up its 5th Street side. Sarah Schafer, Boise’s design review and historic preservation manager, said she likes the design now after having some reservations about the original.

Osterburg said he doesn’t have a precise date for moving the Jones and Fowler houses, two prominent historic homes from the Central Addition’s early days. He expects to move the Jones house next week.