An independent bookstore. A Buddhist monastery. Ice cream. Pie. What’s coming near you
The latest proposed developments, housing and other construction projects, and new businesses around Idaho’s Treasure Valley:
Pearl House Collective, an independent bookstore, wants to open a brick-and-mortar shop on Fourth Street downtown. Owner Chelsea Major and her husband Chase Major are Meridian residents.
The store, called 4th St. Books, would sell both new and used books, offer a selection of coffee, tea, beer, wine and baked goods, and promote local authors and artists through workshops and activities, according to an application filed with the city.
The bookstore would be located at 909 NE. 4th St. The owners applied for a conditional use permit and to rezone the .08-acre property.
Pearl House Collective began selling books online and at pop-up events in the Treasure Valley in 2021. The collective now offers a selection of Idaho-related books inside the local chocolate shop Truffles, Etc.
The Meridian Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing for the bookstore’s proposal at 6 p.m. Thursday, April. 20, at City Hall.
499 East Corporate Investors LLC has applied to build a one-story, 73,000-square-foot industrial building at 499 E. Corporate Drive at an estimated cost of $9.2 million.
The company’s Idaho business registration names as its governor Jason Geer, the managing director and head of North American dispositions and financing at Invesco Real Estate in Dallas.
8 Krazee Scoops leased 1,370 square feet of retail space at 3333 W. Chinden Blvd., Collliers Idaho reported.
The company operates Baskin Robbins ice cream shops.
The Buddhist Society of Idaho wants to build a Buddhist monastery on 3.4 acres east of Southside Boulevard and about 1,300 feet south of Greenhurst Road in Nampa.
The monastery at 2702 Southside Blvd. would include an existing residence for the temple’s monks and an existing storage building, the application said.
The temple would have 3,300 square feet, the application said. It would be located within a plaza and landscaped area on the east of the existing residence. The storage building is east of the planned temple, the application said.
“The site will include ornate landscaping and walkways to allow for an interactive and peaceful space for the community,” the application narrative said.
The Nampa City Council is scheduled to hear the proposal at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3 at City Hall.
Sharon Ely, of Baron Properties, a Denver development company, applied to build five commercial buildings on 18 acres south of Franklin Road and east of Star Road in Nampa.
According to the application, Baron plans to build larger commercial and smaller warehouses that also have commercial frontage.
The Nampa City Council plans to hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 3.
Mathnasium leased 1,493 square feet of retail space in Neon Plaza at 1232 Caldwell Blvd., TOK Commercial reported.
Despite a handful of residents’ concerns, the Eagle City Council approved two subdivisions near State Street and Linder Road. Together the subdivisions would add 163 homes.
Dave Yorgason, the developer of both projects, plans to build 66 single family houses in the Tierpointe Subdivision, 5800 W. State St., and 53 single family houses and 44 town houses in the Brookstone Subdivision. The Brookstone Subdivision would be located west of Tierpointe.
Neighbors in the Preserve neighborhood, located north of the projects, opposed the development and many testified during the council meeting on Tuesday night.
“I am concerned about how this inevitable increase in traffic will impact my community and my quality of life,” wrote C. Jane Carrico in a letter to the council.
Residents worried that with the new developments, a neighborhood road that runs through the Preserves called Escalante Drive would become “a major feeder road.”
Another resident said Escalante Drive is already a “nightmare” and said people would get hurt if more traffic is added.
“Children in our Preserve homes will be subject to more cars in a hurry and driving fast ad they try crossing streets in play or in returning from school,” Patricia Gyurina wrote to the council.
The council voted unanimously to approve the developments.
Brian Scott, a developer with Alscott Real Estate, plans to build 34 single-family homes and an equestrian training and boarding center near the northeast corner of Eagle Road and Beacon Light Road.
The subdivision would be called Rocking A Ranch and would be a “equestrian themed community,” the application said. It would be on 172 acres.
Alscott is a company owned by members of the Albertson family, founders of the Albertsons grocery store chain.
The Eagle City Council approved the subdivision and equestrian center on Tuesday, March 14.
The subdivision would have 43 acres of “open space” for wildlife habitat and existing ponds. IT would also have equestrian trails and a pollinator garden, the application said.
The lots range from 2.5 acres to over 5 acres.
Vera Development and Hillside Architecture PLLC have filed a request for a permit for the Fargo 41, a project that would develop two four-story apartment buildings with 33 apartments on the southwest corner of the 4100 block of West State Street and Fargo Street.
The first building at the west corner of Fargo and State streets, on the north side of State several blocks northwest of Veterans Memorial Parkway, would consist of “three retail spaces on the ground floor, two floors of studio apartments totaling 10 units above the retail, and the fourth floor consisting of three units of one bedroom one bath apartments with office,” according to the application.
The building to the east would be have 20 one-bedroom, one-bath apartments with offices, with each residential unit having access to “exterior balcony/porch space with some units having wrap around balconies.”
Amenities would “include a public plaza space with outdoor seating to serve the retail function, an outdoor ping pong table, and covered bike parking. Resident amenities include office work pods and a workout room,” according to the Hillside Architecture’s letter of intent.
The project would develop parcels at 4140, 4138, 4130, 4126 and 4122 W. State St. The Idaho Statesman previously reported on the request for a neighborhood meeting in January.
Ian Donovan, president of JBI Elemental, a Boise developer, has filed a request for a permit for a 39 town houses in Harris Ranch.
The Hygge Townhomes would be constructed at 3698 E. Warm Springs Ave., just south of Parkcenter Boulevard.
“Units will offer 1, 800 to 2,500 square feet of living space, two-car garage, [and a] rooftop deck with views of Foothills and Boise River Way,” the company said on its website.
Christine Aiken with BRS Architects has filed a request for a permit for Boise Plastic Surgery — Boise Surgery Center at 218 S. Whisperwood Way.
The 4,680-square-foot, single-level medical ambulatory surgery center building would be located near Bishop Kelly High School, off West Franklin Street in the Englefield Medical Subdivision, according to the application.
The Idaho Statesman previously reported on the design review in August.
Jordan Koyle with Idaho Site Works LLC has filed a request for a permit to begin replacing a bridge in Julia Davis Park at 355 W. Julia Davis Park Drive.
A pie restaurant has opened at the Warehouse Food Hall at 370 S. 8th Street in BoDo, according to Geronomo Hospitality Group, which operates the hall.
Piedaho, a Hayley company owned by pastry chef Rebecca Bloom, says it sells artisanal pies and ships them across the country.
James Palermo, a developer of Canyon Village Multifamily LLC based in Tampa, Florida, wants to build two four-story apartment buildings with 104 apartments, according to BuildZoom.
The buildings would have 52 apartments each.
The apartment building, called Canyon Village, would be located at 409 Canyon Village Lane, off Caldwell Boulevard near its intersection with Homedale Road.
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is asking for public comment on a draft water-reuse permit renewal for CS Beef Packers LLC, which operates a slaughterhouse south of Boise at 17365 S Cole Road in Kuna.
CS Beef Packers, a partnership of Caviness Beef Packers and the J.R. Simplot Co., produces industrial wastewater that is pretreated and applied to land, the DEQ said in a news release. The draft reuse permit would add 1,200 acres to the existing land area, bringing the a total to 2,809 acres. The permit would reauthorize operations for eight more years.
For more information, read the news release at deq.idaho.gov.
A business founded by two dairy farmers is building a new dairy-processing plant in Burley.
The multimillion-dollar plant will process more than 800,000 pounds of local milk per day to fill growing demand for shelf-stable milk and alternative beverage products, according to a news release from the business, named Suntado.
The plant is scheduled to open in spring 2024. Suntado said it plans to hire up to 95 full-time employees.
The plant will start off with six production lines producing conventional and organic extended shelf-life and ultra-high temperature dairy beverages and products, the news release said. The company intends to expand to 18 production lines in the future.
Milk will be procured from Cassia County in southern Idaho.
“This project has been a dream for dairy farmers Jesus Hurtado and Dirk Reitsma for a long time,” CEO Jeff Williams said in a news release.
“This facility represents a new, pioneering mindset in which dairy products are designed to be a destination, not just a commodity,” Dairy West CEO Karianne Fallow said in the news release. “Dairy West has partnered with Suntado in helping the company get to market with products that meet the demands of our changing consumer landscape.”
Red Aspen, a false-eyelash and cosmetics business in Boise, was ranked No. 10 on Inc. Magazine’s list of the fastest-growing private companies in the Rocky Mountain region, which consists of Idaho, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.
Red Aspen was launched by three Boise women in 2017. The company uses a multilevel marketing format and brand ambassadors to generate sales.
The company, whose CEO is Jesse McKinney, notably reported reaching $1 million in sales in its first five months. Red Aspen reached over $100 million in lifelong sales and more than 14,000 brand ambassadors in January, according to a news release from the company.
Its growth rate of 469% between 2019 and 2021 landed it a top spot on Inc. Magazine’s regional list, alongside other Idaho-based companies including Lovevery and Perigee Group.
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