Boise & Garden City

A 108-unit apartment project along the Boise River in the works

The Garden City Council has approved the design for a $12 million project to build 108 apartments a couple of blocks southeast of Expo Idaho along the Boise River.

The city’s Design Review Committee signed off on the 50th Street Apartments earlier this summer, but the matter came before the City Council this week because the city received comments from neighbors who were concerned about traffic, noise and the height of the buildings. Some said the city should do something about the Greenbelt path that ends in that area and forces people to take a detour on the street.

The three-story 50th Street Apartments will be built on nearly 5 acres west of 50th Street, between Alworth Street and the Boise River. It will include four 24-unit buildings — three along the river — and one 12-unit building. The apartments will be one- and two-bedroom, with rents about $895 and $995 a month.

Mark Goodman owns the property, but Dave Evans Construction has the land under contract, Dave Evans told the Statesman. He said an investment group will buy the buildings when they are complete.

Garden City Mayor John Evans said that Dave Evans is his brother, and so the mayor would not participate in the discussion or vote on the matter.

Rob Powell of Dave Evans Construction described the 50th Street Apartments as an “upscale project,” with solid surfaces and upgraded appliances and finishings. He said the apartments will appeal to people who want to ride their bike to work Downtown. Dave Evans said many young adults today want to “lock it up, leave and go play.”

“People don’t want the maintenance” of a house, Dave Evans said.

Amenities will include a 24-hour fitness center, art gallery, picnic tables and 44,000 square feet of open space. The complex will have 189 parking spaces, 22 spaces in garages and 40 enclosed bike spaces.

Powell said a neighborhood meeting about the project was held on June 30. He said they heard neighbors concerns about the density of the project and traffic.

At the council hearing Monday, one woman spoke passionately about how three-story apartment buildings would tower over the back of her single-story house.

“This is my neighborhood, and this is my home. I worked hard for my home,” Dixie Page said.

The next step is for the developer to submit building/construction plans for a building permit. The review typically takes three to six weeks, Development Services Director Jenah Thornborrow said. Once the permit is approved, the builder can break ground. Dave Evans said he expects to start construction in about 60 days.