Six-Story Restaurant / Retail / Office Building Proposed for Boise's Central Addition

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The Boise corridor between Broadway Avenue and BoDo, framed by Front and Myrtle streets, has witnessed considerable change in recent years: from construction of Whole Foods, Concordia University and Trader Joe's to destruction of a number of historic homes, due to fire and the wrecking ball.

Earlier this year, Boise Weekly reported that there were only eight historic homes left in Boise's Central Addition neighborhood, which was platted in 1890 and was once one of the city's most prestigious areas.

Another big change is on the drawing board for the neighborhood.

Internal city documents reveal that a 158,440-square-foot, six-story building is being planned for a parcel of land bordered by Myrtle Street on the south, Broad Street on the north, Fourth Street on the west, and the alley between Third and Fourth streets on the east. 

The proposal from CSHQA architects would see retail and a possible restaurant on the ground floor, parking on the first, second and third floors, and office space on the fourth, fifth and sixth floors. 

The project won't be completed without some legal wrangling—the neighborhood is zoned to only allow a building height of 35 feet, and the proposed building would come close to 88 feet in height, requiring a zoning ordinance from the city. 

Developers are hoping to get the height variance, as well as a setback variance and a conditional use permit for retail and a restaurant, when they go before the city's Planning and Zoning Commission in early November.