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CCDC Reveals Its Preference for Apartment Project West of Boise's Downtown Core


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The vote wasn't unanimous but enough members of the Capital City Development Corporation agreed that California-based Local Construct should be the developer to build a mixed-use project at the corner of Idaho and 14th streets, the current site of the Watercooler business incubator.

Local Construct , which has already given a new lease on life to the Owyhee and has big plans for the Boise's Central Addition, had been competing with Gardner Co. to build something new at 14th and Idaho. As Boise Weekly reported earlier this month, both proposals were met with excitement from the CCDC board.

"These are exceptional proposals," said Mayor Dave Bieter on May 11. "I only wish we had more properties for each of these. They're great."

Ultimately, the agency gave the greenlight to Local Construct's $4 million proposal to build three stories of 32 market-rate apartments and seven more live/work units on the street level. Local Construct officials said the rates for their studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments would be similar to rates currently charged at another of its recent projects, The Owyhee, where units cost $950-$1,1150 per month.

"It's ultimately important to us that the apartments be more affordable," said Mike Brown, Local Construct co-owner. "We envision our tenants as being someone who would walk a few blocks to stores and restaurants, not have them all out their front door. This is something we do now. We don't need a lot of analysis. We're ready to go now."

The proposal is far from a done deal. CCDC's vote on May 18 allows the agency to begin negotiations with Local Construct to craft a development agreement. That said, Local Construct officials indicated that they were ready to break ground and get going with the project sooner than later.