Northwest Boise Neighbors Successfully Push Back Against Apartment Complex

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Lydia Hamilton had reason to be elated, if not a bit tired, Wednesday morning.

"The general feeling is that we are excited," Hamilton told Boise Weekly. "It was a long battle for us and we're exhausted. And we're very appreciative of the councilors decisions."

Those councilors were the members of the Boise City Council who, after listening to a marathon of four hours of testimony—primarily opposition to a proposed apartment complex in northwest Boise—voted to turn down the plan.

The proposal from the Hawkins Co. would have seen more than 300 apartments, just north of State Street and west of Gary Lane.

"We didn't even have a neighborhood association until a week before this all happened," Hamilton told BW. "We had to form an association to combat it."

And combat it they did, first pushing against the Boise City Planning and Zoning's Commission to approve a scaled-back version of the apartment complex, and then taking their fight to Tuesday night's Boise City Council  meeting which ended with lawmakers turning down the proposed complex.

"It wasn't done well. The whole way it was presented, it didn't offer anything," said Hamilton. "This is a very attractive neighborhood and we want to keep it that way."

Neighbors primarily opposed the amount of traffic that 300-plus apartments would push into their streets. But it's not as if the neighbors don't want to sit down with developers to work out a compromise.

"We would love to work with them," Hamilton told BW. "We have some great ideas."