Plans Emerging for Proposed Affordable Housing Apartments in Whitewater Neighborhood 

click to enlarge The Sandhill Crane Apartments are proposed for the corner of 32nd and Moore streets. - GLANCEY, ROCKWELL & ASSOCIATES
  • Glancey, Rockwell & Associates
  • The Sandhill Crane Apartments are proposed for the corner of 32nd and Moore streets.

Plans have emerged for an affordable housing complex in West Boise that could bring 50 units to a neighborhood near Whitewater Park Boulevard. But before it could be considered by the Boise Planning and Zoning Commission at its Monday, Aug. 1 meeting, the proposal has already run into opposition from neighbors.

In documents filed with the city, project managers say they want to call the complex the Sandhill Crane Apartments, located on three acres at the corner of 32nd and Moore streets. The development would encompass six apartment buildings with a combination of four- , three- , two-  and one-bedroom units. The development would include a community center, community garden, playground and sports courts.

Developers told the city 10 percent of units will be market rate to address neighbor concerns that the apartment complex "will reduce the property value of the neighborhood." Initial plans indicated rent would range from $290 for a one-bedroom unit to $750 for a four-bedroom unit. 

In early June, some neighbors told KTVB-TV they weren't thrilled with the idea. Resident Liz Gatchel told the television station the development would be "a blight" and resident Shawn Moak said, "I think that people who sometimes can be in those apartments don't have maybe the best interest of the whole neighborhood at heart."

Planners said many of the tenants would be Boise's working class with household incomes up to $36,000. The developers have been identified as Affordable Housing Solutions in partnership with Northwest Real Estate Capital Corporation.

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