January 24, 2022

Greenbelt-like pathway. Storage business ban. Oyster bar. Here’s what’s coming near you

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


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Boise intends to create a master plan for canal pathways, or formal, paved pathways to run next to the city’s canals. The project would likely involve collaboration with the Ada County Highway District and other stakeholders, including landowners.

“By adding off-street pathways to our ‘Movement for Everyone’ toolbox, we will be able to make quality of life improvements for a lot of folks, in a way similar to the Greenbelt has for many people,” Zach Piepmeyer, transportation planner for the city, told the Boise City Council.

It’s not quite clear what new routes could be paved, but Tom Laws, a planner for the city, told the council that to complete the master plan, those on the project would create a list of 100 potential segments to be part of the project. The trick part, he said, would be developing a way to identify what should be prioritized first.

The city plans to release a request for qualifications for a consultant on the project “in the next couple of weeks.” The goal would be to wrap up the administrative side of the project in Fall 2021, officials said.

Orchard Partners is seeking a permit to demolish the Clint-Graham office building at 1365 N. Orchard St.

The building, located on the site of the former Ada County Fairgrounds, was built in 1968. It had been anchored by the accounting offices of The Masonry Center and the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board, which recently moved to the state of Idaho’s campus on Chinden Boulevard.

Orchard Partners, which owns the adjacent Syringa Building, the Idaho Public Television Building and The Masonry Center Building, has not announced its plans for the land.

Boise’s Economic Recovery Task Force, announced in May, released its first recommendations to the city. Those recommendations include direct business assistance in the next three months to help businesses buy personal protective equipment, an active collaboration with the business community “to ensure operating protocols are appropriate” and funding temporary emergency shelters for vulnerable populations.

The recommendations also include creation of an “eviction prevention fund to provide a safety net for residents experiencing a financial crisis” and working with landlords to limit evictions.

Several suggestions build on previous policy goals for Mayor Lauren McLean and the city of Boise, including increasing the housing supply, considering the impacts of property taxes on housing affordability and addressing the needs of the workforce at large, including housing, childcare and education.

Corey Barton Homes has applied for permits to build 20 homes in the 6000 block of North Hampstead Avenue, south of West Hill Road Parkway. The two-story homes are part of the Roe Street Townhomes development and would have between 1,436 square feet and 1,829 square feet.

Peterson BMW is seeking a permit to build a new car dealership building at 1225 N. Maple Grove Road. The two-story building would have 33,340 square feet. The estimated cost is $5 million.

Broadcast Coffee is seeking a permit to create a coffee shop at the new 10-story 11th and Idaho Building at 1100 W. Idaho St.

Stor-N-Lock is seeking a permit to build a self-storage building at 5926 S. Federal Way. The one-story building would have 68,576 square feet.

Little Pearl Oyster Bar is seeking an occupancy permit at 160 N. 8th St. The 1,200-square-foot space was formerly occupied by the Regal Beaver restaurant.

Idaho Central Credit Union is seeking a permit to build a new credit union at 8150 W. Ustick Road. The building would have 4,350 square feet and three drive-thru lanes.


The Nampa Planning and Zoning Commission is considering amending city code such that any new multifamily development, or any building with more than four units, must receive approval through the design review process.

The Nampa Planning and Zoning Commission will also consider a new rule that would prevent any new storage businesses from locating in the city, except for in parcels zoned for industrial use, with the approval of a conditional use permit.


Meridian developer Ball Ventures Ahlquist wants to annex 115 acres on the northwest corner of Highway 20/26 and Smeed Parkway for a commercial and industrial development called the North Ranch Business Park.


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