Plan to Redevelop Reserve Street Armory Up for Review Tuesday



In June, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter announced plans for California investors J&M Land to redevelop the aging Reserve Street Armory in Boise's East End.

But little has been said publicly about the project since the announcement.

Boise City Council members will consider a development agreement with J&M and a plan to rezone the armory's five-acre parcel at a Tuesday, Oct. 16, evening meeting. The agreement changes the land's zoning classification to commercial, but with specific considerations.

The developers are barred from specific uses, such as an automobile sales lot, driving range, firing range and a bikini bar.

Mockups attached to the documents showed the armory with a refurbished facade, including new external lighting, signage, awnings and landscaping.

According the text of the agreement, the site is designed as a neighborhood activity center, intended to serve the neighborhood with retail and other services. Residential development could also take place. The agreement is intended to remain compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.

"It's probably a $2.5 million to $3 million investment just to get it up to code. That's not including tenant improvements," said John Brunelle, the mayor's assistant for economic development.

City Council members will take up the second of three readings of the ordinance on Tuesday, Oct. 16.