State of 208: Boisedev keeping an eye on two developments

Posted at 12:54 PM, Aug 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 00:49:18-04

BOISE, Idaho — You'll notice two new developments driving around town.

How much you'll notice one has yet to be determined.

You know the saying, patience is a virtue.

The developer of Boulder Heights on Warm Springs Mesa proved time was on his side.

Something Don Day of Boisedev almost immediately noticed while driving close to home.

"Here we are in 2019 and I look off the rim, my fiance actually notices it," Day said. "What are they moving all the dirt on the Mesa for, so I go and look at it and they are still working off those 2001 agreements to build homes through phases."

More than two hundred homes when it's all said and done.

A project almost twenty years in the making.

The other project that caught Day's eyes is along the Boise River where a developer wants to build three hundreds homes close to Kathryn Albertson park.

As a matter of fact, it's caught the attention of the Albertson family. Apparently two members of the family own homes on the bench overlooking the park, and said to the city, not so fast.

"The developer wants to go up eighty feet and they showed these buildings will be below the tree line," Day said. "No big deal, right, but the Albertson family which developed the park, also owns home on the rim, so they came in to the planning and zoning meeting and said our rendering shows it's going to block the view and it's going to change the neighborhood."

P and Z listened, and asked for a variance.

Ironically the Albertson family said lower, while the developer said higher.

Day says it will be interesting to see what happens next.

"You can't appeal on view, right," Day said. "If you have a view one day and not the next, there's not much you can do about it. There's no law saying you can't block my view bro, it just doesn't work that way."

So now the Boise City Council will ultimately have the final say on up or down.