Developer, City Leaders Break Ground on The Afton Condo Complex in Boise's Cultural District 

Update 3 p.m.

Check out these updated renderings of what The Afton will look like once it has been completed:

click to enlarge THE AFTON/PEYRON STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS
  • The Afton/Peyron Strategic Communications
click to enlarge THE AFTON/PEYRON STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS
  • The Afton/Peyron Strategic Communications
Original Post 1:35 p.m.

City leaders joined Boise developer Mike Hormaechea this morning to break ground on The Afton—a condominium development in what is becoming the city's cultural district, south of BoDo near Boise Contemporary Theater.

Phase one of the project will include construction of 28 condominiums at the intersection of Eighth and River streets. The project got its name from Emory Afton, the owner of a wholesale electric parts company that occupied the space from the 1940s to the 1960s.

"Honestly, we just thought 'Afton' was a pretty cool name," Hormaechea, manager of Boise-based RMH, told Boise Weekly in July 2014.

click to enlarge - Left to right: Michael Hormaechea, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, Capital City Development Corporation Executive Director John Brunell -  - HARRISON BERRY
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  • Left to right: Michael Hormaechea, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, Capital City Development Corporation Executive Director John Brunell
There to help Hormaechea break ground on the project was Capital City Development Corporation Executive Director John Brunelle, whose organization has partnered with developments across the downtown core. 

"The city is on a roll," he said, acknowledging contributions from his board of directors, as well as city leaders like Boise City Councilwoman Elaine Clegg.

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter remarked on The Afton's role in serving the city's need for more housing units downtown, as well as a construction boom that has included the Eighth and Main office tower, JUMP and work on the Grove—all undertaken during his three terms as mayor.

"You can see those cranes behind me so well from here," he said. 

Bieter, Clegg and Boise City Councilman Scot Ludwig are up for reelection Tuesday, Nov. 3, and have attended numerous groundbreakings and dedications in the weeks leading up to the election, including those at the Inn at 500 Capitol, the Golda Harris Nature Preserve, a branch library at Bown Crossing, a pre-kindergarten program kickoff earlier this week and, now, The Afton.
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