Thursday, June 30, 2011

Two Fewer Homes, One More Boise Parking Lot

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Unless someone steps forward to move two century-old homes in Boise's Central Addition District, they will be demolished in September in order to make room for a parking lot.

Trilogy Development of Meridian has purchased the properties at 411 and 413 South Fifth Street, the current location of a home built in 1894 and another in 1904. Kent Brown of Bailey Engineering, working for the developers, said the original intent was to build an apartment building on the sites, but instead they will seek a conditional use permit from the city to put in a gravel parking lot, including 28 spaces.

411 and 413 South Fifth Street, Boise
  • 411 and 413 South Fifth Street, Boise

"It will technically be a temporary lot," said Brown. "That means we would have to approach the city again in five years if we wanted it to still be a parking lot."

Sheri Freemuth, program officer of the Western Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, said her organization would be more than happy to work with anyone who would take ownership of the homes and move them to another location.

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