The Downtown Boise skyline is always in flux as new apartment buildings, hotels, and retail spaces go up. You’ve probably noticed how cranes and building crews have become a familiar sight throughout downtown for the past several years. The new construction isn’t ending anytime soon, and whether you’re looking to update your address to an urban condo or just wondering what’s coming to Boise this year, you’ll find the scoop here.
505 W Broad St, Boise, ID 83702
The Fowler Apartments at 5th and Broad Street near Trader Joe’s has already earned some traffic with its addition of much-needed parking, a pizza restaurant (The Wylder), and a coffeehouse (Form & Function). The Fowler is one of several new apartment buildings downtown to feature retail space on the ground level and modern housing upstairs. The seven-story building opened 159 units in late February, offering studio, one and two bedroom apartments renting for $1,100 to $1,900 per month.
1420 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702
In late 2018, the Verraso apartments on Front Street will be completed by Envision 360, featuring two, three and four-bedroom units across from the Rhodes Skate Park. Located on 15th Street, this luxury apartment complex will feature eight high-end units, one of several recently proposed additions to the west Downtown Boise area. Ranging from 1,300 to 1,800 sq ft, the five top floor apartments are expected to lease from $1,600 and $2,200. The ground floor units are expected to be short-term rentals.
River Street Lofts
535 S 15th St, Boise, ID 83702
The Energreen Development Company of McCall plans to build ten condominium units at 15th and River, the River Street Lofts. The condos will be three levels and are priced between $379,000 and $388,000. They feature an innovative, energy-efficient concrete-insulated design. River Street Lofts will open late this year and are close to a proposed baseball stadium on Shoreline Drive and Americana Boulevard. This area is set to see several residential updates in 2018, and the River Street Neighborhood condos on 15th and River should be completed late in the year.
Ash Street Townhomes
509 S Ash St, Boise, ID 83702
Slated for construction this year is a new 34-unit Ash Street Workforce Housing by deChase Miksis. With a mixture of townhouses and flats, the development will serve the Boise workforce with affordable housing, and rental rates will be based on family income. Ash Street's design was influenced by the neighborhood's history including the historic Hayman House located next to the property. This new housing development sits adjacent to the river and is near the Pioneer Pathway, a walking path that links the Boise River Greenbelt to downtown. Situated just north of Ash and River Street's, completion is scheduled for Summer 2018.
5th & Idaho
507 W Idaho St, Boise, ID 83702
5th & Idaho is set to open 81 apartments in 2018 with a 1,120 square foot “pocket park” managed by Boise Parks and Recreation. Developer Dean Pape seeks to push the creative envelope of neighborhood integration with a low-maintenance park meant to engage downtown residents with a shared public space. This five-story mixed-use project will include ground-level retail space and six loft-style flats with private terraces. Initially announced in 2015, the 5th & Idaho development broke ground in June 2017.
Hilton Garden Inn
348 S 13th St, Boise, ID 83702
2017 saw three new hotels constructed in Downtown Boise, meaning that the new 132-room Hilton Garden Inn will be the fourth to open in a little over a year. Part of the Gardner Company's Pioneer Crossing, the site will feature a separate parking garage with 644 spaces and a Panera Bread, set to open in the spring. The Hotel is located at 13th and Front on the site formerly known as "Parcel B".
Other Downtown Boise Building Projects
The Afton: The first phase of the two-phase project was completed last year. The second phase of The Afton broke ground earlier this month at 9th and River. The project was initially envisioned as six stories with 39 condominium units which included live-work spaces and retail. The revised design calls for 35 units in a five-story building with no live-work space or retail. Construction should be complete by late 2019.
Boise Public Library Update: The City of Boise is set to release plans for a new Main Library this spring, attempting to replace the nearly 80-year-old warehouse that currently serves as the downtown branch of BPL.
Idaho State Historical Museum Remodel: The Idaho State Museum is scheduled to reopen to the public in May after a four-year-long renovation project that cost $17 million. The museum renovation has added around 16,000 square feet and will include restoration of original architecture from the building, such as its stained glass dome.
Road construction continues: Downtown Boise will see continued work on State Street as ACHD attempts to modernize the much-used thoroughfare. Starting in the fall, State Street is slated to gain dedicated right- and left-turn lanes, more crosswalks, and better Greenbelt access. Idaho’s first two-lane roundabout is also nearly completed near St. Luke’s Hospital in downtown.