Coffee shop in shipping container proposed near Boise River

You are used to getting your coffee in a cup - but how about from a box?


Coffee Box plans a new java joint in a set of three shipping containers in a fast-developing portion of Garden City, according to documents filed with the town's planning and zoning commission.

Two 8-foot-by-40-foot shipping containers would be stacked in an overlapping pattern to form the two-story coffee shop.  A third, smaller box would house restrooms.

The project is set for a 1.3 acre lot at the corner of N. Adams St. and E. 42nd St. - not too far from the Boise River, and part of the Parkway Station development. It would be part of the Parkway Station development near the Boys and Girls Club of Ada County.

Coffee would be served inside, with seating on the top of the first sipping container and patio seating on the ground floor

Here's what architect Bruce Poe with Modus wrote about the project in a design review application:

To create a culturally significant place that people love, nestled along the river in Garden City – a simple, distinctively branded neighborhood with a defined sense of place. Parkway will provide a mix of diverse residences and commercial uses that compliment all of the offerings in and around the downtown Boise core. The vision is to get people out of their car as much as possible – shorten commute times, provide alternative commute options and make activity part of the social fabric.

The project site would also include two future retail/office buildings, connected by an enclosed walking bridge.

The project goes in front of Garden City's Desing Review board Monday at 3 p.m. 

More: Staff report | Application