BOISE, Idaho — LEAP Charities and Property People are co-hosting a community celebration and open house for the Windy Court development. Windy Court is Idaho's first affordable housing development made from up-cycled cargo containers.
The grand opening will feature the four partners that made the development possible, including Bart Cochran, the executive director of LEAP Charities, Cay Marquart, the former landowner and Scott Flynn, the founder of indieDwell. A dedication ceremony in remembrance of Marquart's father, for whom the development is named will follow the speakers.
Tenants have been chosen and are expected to move in during the week of June 3. LEAP and it's property management company Property People began accepting applications to live at Windy Court back on April 22. More than 24 households applied within 36 hours, revealing the need for affordable housing in Boise.
The four-bedroom, two-bathroom units rent for $843 including utilities. The development is net-zero in energy consumption because of design innovations including solar panels. Eligible households make 30 percent or less of area median income.
The Idaho Housing Finance Association awarded LEAP with addition Housing and Urban Development funding to replicated the Windy Court on adjacent land. No construction has begun yet on that project.