ACHD held a second open house to present the preferred street sections along Main and Fairview after gathering significant community input. Both of the preferred street sections call for removing 1 travel lane and adding a buffered or protected bike lane. In addition, Main Street calls for on street parking along the south side while Fairview calls for on street parking on both sides once development in the area justifies the parking need. These changes will help bikes, pedestrians, and retail businesses thrive in the West End.
Over the last three years, the City of Boise and CCDC have put a lot of effort into leading a revitalization effort in the West End. During this time, various properties have sold and prices continue to rise. Using these sold properties as a gauge for value, it is easy to realize commercial land values have increased over 30% during the last 3 years.
The Salvation Army property located at 1901 West Jefferson Street sold several months ago, and the new owners must be thinking about a new development. During July, the old office building was demolished and several structures were removed from the property. The site preparation for a new development looks to be about complete. Stay tuned for upcoming news.
During June and July, ACHD reached out to the neighborhood and local stakeholders to get feedback on possible lane configurations along Main & Fairview as well as some potential new local street connections. Sixty official written comments were submitted to ACHD. A follow-up open house is scheduled for August 11th at 5:30 at the Red Lion Downtowner.
The Boise City Ada County Housing Authority is partnering with Northwest Real Estate Capital Corp. to develop 50 housing units in the West End. This ideal housing site is located along Whitewater Park Boulevard directly across from Esther Simplot Park. There have been several neighborhood meetings with the developer and neighbors to discuss the project. Current plans show a local street connection of 32nd Street to Whitewater Park Boulevard as well as an outdoor recreation area.
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The City of Boise and Adare Manor LLC have entered into a lease option agreement for the property located at 2403 & 2409 West Fairview Avenue. Adare Manor LLC is proposing a downtown housing development of ~120 housing units fronting on Fairview Avenue. The $18.5 million development will bring needed housing as well as numerous residents who will contribute to the vibrancy of the neighborhood.
A June meeting brought forward some great news about West End development plans, but it also brought to light some concerns with long term connectivity and parking solutions. By 2020, there is over $150 million of planned development in the West End and the need for over 1500 parking spaces, which could amount to over 10 acres if it were all surface parked. In the coming months and years, these developments need a cohesive strategy to realize a synergistic vision.
The old Midas building at the corner of 27th & Fairview Avenue has sold to an investor group, and the Jerry’s Market property has sold to a developer. The owners of the Midas would love to find an interesting adaptive reuse of the property, while the developers who purchased Jerry’s Market are looking to do a mixed use project.
With initial funding from CCDC and additional resources from the City of Boise, Whittier Elementary students worked collaboratively with Blackrock Forge in 2015 to design this art project. The designs obtained approval from the City of Boise and the Boise School District and are currently being fabricated with anticipation of a mid-July installation. Won’t it be fun for the students to see their designs incorporated into an art project at their school!
Jerry’s Market, an icon in the West End, has shut its doors, but could there be something on the horizon for this property? With the anticipation of Esther Simplot Park opening, in addition to many other positive developments within the West End, one has to wonder if something is in the planning stages for this great corner. Stay tuned in the coming months.