Boise City Hall derails off-campus apartment proposal

Boise city leaders Tuesday rejected a rezoning request for a proposed student apartment complex near Boise State University.

Collegiate Development Group of St. Louis proposed building 196 apartment units with a total of 541 bedrooms at West Boise Avenue and South Protest Road, Hayley Harding of the Idaho Statesman reported. The three-story building would have included more than 260 underground parking spots, Harding reported.

Residents of Ridenbaugh Place, a 25-unit, 55-year-old apartment complex, opposed the project, since the plan involves tearing down the existing complex, Harding reported.

Testimony was mixed, Harding reported, with supporters saying the project would bring a walkable student housing project to the area near Boise State, while critics questioned whether the complex was compatible with the rest of the neighborhood.

It fell to Mayor Lauren McLean to break a tied City Council vote. She turned down the rezone, Harding reported, but urged developers to come back with a new proposal that addressed council members’ concerns.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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