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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 


New condo project planned along Boise River in Garden City

Hummel Architects is asking the City of Garden City to build a four-story condo project on the Boise River across from Esther Simplot Park.  The project is planned for a .69 acre spot of land in the city's Waterfront District at 3615 N. Prospect Way.



  • 36 condos, ranging from 1 bed/1.5 bath to 2 bed/2bath units.
  • An internal atrium and garden space
  • Parking for 55 cars below the first full floor
  • A bike repair station and bike storage
  • Pet wash area

The condo project, if approved, would join a growing area with the new Cafe Luciano's, Push and Pour, Sandbar, Telaya and more.

The Design Review request will be heard at 3:00pm on June 18th at Garden City Hall.

NEW: Boise settles with foothills 'sliding homes' owners

Google Earth imagery shows the landslide in progress

Google Earth imagery shows the landslide in progress

The City of Boise has settled a lawsuit filed by the owners of several homes in the Boise foothills, according to city spokesperson Mike Journe.

Earlier this week BoiseDev reported that three more homes were set to be demolished on Alto Via Court in the Terra Nativa subdivision. 

Homeowners had sued a raft of companies and individuals including developers Richard Pavalek and Timothy Day, engineers, real estate companies and the City of Boise. The City now says it has reached a confidential settlement with the developers.

All six homes on the block have been abandoned after a landslide started ripping the homes apart in 2016. Two homes were ordered demolished by the city last summer, a decision initially appealed by the homeowners. The city later paid for the demolition, citing safety concerns.

Journee could not say if the latest set of home demolitions was connected to the settlement.


One home will remain on Alto Via after the demolitions are complete.

It is unclear if the homeowners have settled with the other parties named in the lawsuit, we have requested comment from the homeowners' attorneys. 

The city was initially tight-lipped on why the additional three homes were being removed before confirming a settlement had been reached.

UPDATE: City applies to tear down three more foothills home

See original story below

UPDATE: The City of Boise is behind the demolition of three more homes in the Boise foothills, but remains tight-lipped about details.

City of Boise spokesperson Mike Journee would not confirm the city's involvement in tearing down the homes - saying via email:

"The homes were damaged in the landslide and need to be torn down because of safety and nuisance concerns."

When asked if the city ordered the demolition, if the city was paying for the demolition, and if the homeowners were in agreement with tearing down the homes, Journee said he could not comment further.

BoiseDev later obtained the building permit, which was filed by Ideal Demolition Services - the same firm that tore down the initial homes. The permit lists City of Boise as the applicant for the demolition.  

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We've also reached out to homeowners for comment.

Homes already removed marked with a 🚫. Homes set to be torn down marked with a green circle. 

Homes already removed marked with a 🚫. Homes set to be torn down marked with a green circle. 


Three more homes will be torn down in the Terra Nativa subdivision in the Boise foothills, according to records filed with the City of Boise.

Ideal Demolition Services has asked to remove homes at 200 N. Alto Via Ct, 205 N. Alto Via Ct, and 241 N. Alto Via Ct.

Those are on the same street as two homes the City of Boise ordered removed last July due to extensive damage caused by a slow-moving landslide in the area.

While the City of Boise ordered the first two homes removed due to public danger, it’s unclear why these homes are being torn down.

One home will remain on Alto Via after the demolitions are complete.

All six homes on the block have been abandoned after a landslide started ripping the homes apart in 2016. The homeowners are involved in litigation with a raft of companies and individuals including developers Richard Pavalek and Timothy Day, engineers, real estate companies and the City of Boise. 

New local business puts a twist on the sno-cone shack


The sno-cone is a staple if Idaho summers, and a new chain is getting ready to give the treat a twist with locations around the Treasure Valley.

Trailhead Ice will open four locations in three Treasure Valley cities, with the first, at Glenwood St. at Chinden Blvd. next to Starbucks, set to cool off customers on May 1st.

Three more huts are set to open later next month:

  • 1522 W. State St, next to the 76 gas station
  • Eagle Sports Complex in Eagle
  • 9105 W. Overland Rd. near Maple Grove St.

Flavors like Idaho huckleberry, cherry, mango, pina colada, blueberry, root beer and more will be served up.

Marketing Director Deidre Zobel says the Trailhead concept is a bit different than traditional sno cones:

"Italian ice is a sweetened frozen dessert containing only water, mostly natural flavors with some artificial flavors, & sugar," she said. "Similar to a snow cone or sorbet but different as it is dairy & egg free, and the ingredients are frozen & mixed together rather than pouring flavor on shaved ice."

Trailhead is a locally-owned chain.

Affordable pocket neighborhood planned for Garden City

40th St. Cottages Rendering

40th St. Cottages Rendering

The former Neighborhood Housing Services is set to build a new "pocket community" in Garden City to add more affordable housing to the market.

Example of future 40th St. Cottages

Example of future 40th St. Cottages

The orginization, now known as NeighborWorks Boise, will break ground on the 40th Street Cottages, and transform a weed-filled empty lot into 17 cottages.

“Our communities thrive when families have a safe place to live,” NeighborWorks Boise CEO Bud Compher said in a prepared statement. “Success happens when partners such as Wells Fargo and Garden City come together to invest in helping Treasure Valley families gain homeownership.”

The homes will range from 686 to 983 square feet with two or three bedrooms.  List prices run from $174,900 to $207,900.

NeighborWorks is already underway on another project nearby with a similar goal - the Adams St. Cottages provide "sensibly priced" homes in a managed community - and the orginization provides grants and financial counseling to potential homebuyers.

NeighborWorks defines a pocket neighborhood as "a cluster of neighboring homes placed together around a shared open space offering a sensible, compact, close-knit community, not dominated by cars."

A groundbreaking event is set for Wednesday, with a grant of $205,000 from Wells Fargo.

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You get a Starbucks, and you get a Starbucks...

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Starbucks will be going into the North End Chinese Restaurant space on State St. if they can get past some neighborhood angst, according to the Statesman.

But Further up State St., the coffee giant continues its expansion in the Treasure Valley with a new freestanding unit on State St. in the Lakeharbor area.

The latest 'Bucks is 2,340 square feet and will include a drive-through and outdoor seating under a pergola.

Coffee shop launches in revamped old garage

Courtesy Jessica Flynn

Courtesy Jessica Flynn

Buzz your girlfriend. WOOF! Before image via Google.

Buzz your girlfriend. WOOF! Before image via Google.

Garden City's booming Riverside District is getting another new addition - a coffee shop in a former rundown garage.

After some improvements. Photo courtesy Push & Pour

After some improvements. Photo courtesy Push & Pour

Push and Pour is now open at 34th St. and Carr St. in Garden City. It joins a growing number of businesses popping up in creative spaces on the GC side of the river. Telaya Winery took part of the Riverside Hotel's unused parking; Sandbar revamped and expanded its outdoor summer restaurant; Luciano's opened a walk-up cafe on a triangle of land leftover from a housing development; Yardarm took shipping containers and made a bar.  

Each of the businesses is designed to capitalize on foot traffic and recreationalists using parks on the Boise side of the river - which notably has very little commercial business. 

Push and Pour is open 7am to 3pm.

Moxie Java chain listed for sale


Business broker Arthur Berry has a blind listing up for a "coffee roastery, distributor, franchisor w/ retail locations."

That business is Moxie Java, BoiseDev has learned.

Moxie was once the dominant coffee chain in the Treasure Valley - with more than three dozen locations. It also had franchised stores in 14 states and Japan.

Now, the coffee chain is down to just sixteen stores across the country - and about a dozen in the Treasure Valley.  National brands like Starbucks, Dutch Bros. and upstarts like Human Bean have increased their presence in the last decade.

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A 2014 Boise Weekly story noted that the chain had shrunk to 31 locations after a messy lawsuit led to 16 stores leaving the Moxie fold for other brands and concepts.  The BW story painted a hopeful view of the future - with ideas for "aggressive expansion," new store designs and a new coffee taste.

The asking price is $599,000 - down from an initial $790,500 - which doesn't include the chain's Garden City HQ building which is available separately.

The deal includes two company-owned stores but not the various franchised or licensed stores.  

Co-owner Rick Dean died in July at age 72 according to the chain's website.

Here's how the Arthur Berry folks pitch the chain:

After more than a decade of ownership and expanding the company into new markets and distribution channels, the (s)eller is looking to retire and is ready to pass the baton to... an entrepreneurially-minded buyer who is passionate about the category, appreciates the value of a strong brand and possesses the management skills to operate multiple businesses, or... another coffee company/coffeehouse chain interested in expanding its market share through acquisition of a strong regional brand with an established chain of coffeehouses inclusive of retail and food service distribution. 


Developer plans 27-home project in N. End

A patch of mostly bare land in the North End near Hillside Jr. High could soon be home to 27 new homes, according to a notice sent to neighbors.


The Forsythia Subdivision would be built at 3257 W. Hill Rd. near 33rd Street.  The 3.92 acre lot would feature lots for the new homes, plus three common areas. It currently has a pair of homes and several out buildings on it.

W. Lassen St. would be extended through the site.

A neighborhood meeting with RiverRidge Engineering is slated for 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the project site.

A formal application has not yet been filed with the City of Boise.

(This story came via a tip in the BoiseDev Facebook group - thanks Mike!)

New training facility to focus on basketball athletes


T3 Sport will open a training facility on State St. near Collister this summer.

Here's how the business describes itself:

T3 is an innovative training facility coming to the Treasure Valley that focuses on basketball. We will offer a unique synergy of elite training, cutting edge technology, and a culture of excellence, accountability, and encouragement. We believe when you combine elite sport training with a focus on translation to the game the result is a transformed player. Membership packages will be available with a variety of options, to help you build an experience that works best for you.


UPDATE: Plans for North End apartment project revealed

UPDATE, JUNE 27: The Design Review permits are in - with some additional detail on an ambitious apartment and retail complex near the Boise Co-Op.

The project would have 31 apartments ranging from one to three bedrooms as part of a four-story building on the site at 902 S. 8th St.  An underground parking garage would be supplemented with a small parking lot across the street and a few garages on the first level. 

One retail space is included - with about 3,000 square feet.

Thirty-seven parking spots are included in the garages, with 23 spots planned across Cunningham Place.

"The area is an ideal location for a medium density residential development that is close to services and within walking distance of downtown, jobs, and recreation," applicant John Price said in a letter to the City of Boise.

PREVIOUS, MAY, 31, 2017: A banner went up on the front of the old Baird's Dry Cleaners near the Boise Co-Op this morning, and it generated lots of interest.

Several folks sent us tips (thank you!), and the North End group on Facebook is abuzz about the project.  The banner on the building notes a few features:

  • Four story mixed use building
  • Three floors of condominiums
  • Underground parking garage
  • First floor shop space

The project is being put together by David Southers and his eponymous Southers Properties - the company behind the 2000s-era Hyde Park Place condo project.

No permits have yet been filed with the City of Boise, and Southers tells BoiseDev the project is still in the early stages.

 "We're working on the design and site plan," he said by email. "(It) looks like the site will support about 30 residential units and 4,000 s.f. of shop space."

Southers said that just today he's received five inquiries about the project.  The banner notes a 2018 opening date.

Stay tuned.

Northgate Shopping Center to get façade makeover

Northgate Shopping Center, home to Albertsons, Idaho Youth Ranch, Rite Aid, Goodwill and the Northgate Reel Theater - is about to get a makeover.

The center at State St. and Glenwood will update with a blue, slate and tan look, with metal copper topping, metal panels and a dry stack stone cladding treatment, according to designs approved by the City of Boise. Stell trellises will also be added in sections. New "anchor tenant" type treatments will be added for the Youth Ranch and Liquour Store tenants among others.

The current look dates to the 1980s. The portion of the center which houses Albertsons is not currently slated for upgrades.  The retail chain recently revamped the front of its store.

The project is valued at $1.2 million and is in the building permit stage.




Stunner: 20th Century Lanes to close, to be replaced by skating rink

Boise mainstay 20th Century Lanes will close its doors on June 30th, according to a post on the bowling alley's Facebook page.

The alley on W. State St. has thrived well into the 21st century - and was founded in 1960 at its current location on State St. in the Collister Shopping Center.

The alley will be replaced by Treasure Valley Skate - which promises "Arcades, Large Cafe, Live DJ, State of the Art Lights and Sound!" The roller skating rink says it will be open this fall or winter, and says it will be able to move into the 20th Century space in the next 90 days. The later business also posted to Facebook and acknowledges the awkward situation.

"Treasure Valley Skate only found out about this property after it was listed on Loopnet. We honor the current establishment and respect their long standing position in this community..."

The Loopnet listing from Intermountain Commercial Real Estate still lists the 21,700 square foot space for lease. 

Ada County Assessor records show the shopping center is owned by Argo Collister, LLC. The State of Idaho lists Stephen B. Jaeger of Corte Madera, California as the principal of the business. Jaeger is also president of Argonaut Investments which owns retail properties across the west coast. We've reached out to Argonaut for comment and will update with any response.

New Cold Stone to open in NW Boise

The local franchisee of Cold Stone Creamery continues to expand. Owner Conrad Lee tells BoiseDev he is set to open his fourth area location in the new Northpointe center.

The new store at Glenwood and State will be Lee's fourth area location - joining stores on Eagle Rd., in Nampa and a newly-opened store in Boise's Vista Village.

"With the continued growth of the Treasure Valley, I am excited to open another Cold Stone Creamery to the valley and offer a one of a kind experience and flavor you can only get at Cold Stone," Lee said.

The new Cold Stone is slated for an August opening.

Historic Boise High gym to get overhaul

The Boise School District has started to work on projects funded in the recent $172.5 million bond election passage in Boise.

One of the first up is the original gym building at Boise High School - a historic Boise structure first built in 1936 - a New Deal project.

Boise School District

Boise School District

The building as it stands right now has six different floors, which aren't ADA accessible according to filings with the City of Boise - and the building only has two toilets for men and two toilets for women that are available for use by the public.

Plans call for consolidating the building down to just three levels - all accessed by a newly-installed elevator.  Crews would also add locker rooms in the basement, and public restrooms on the main level.

The school's "new" gym, which was built in 1997 - would be converted to a practice facility, with events being held primarily in the historic old gym.

Also in the plan:

  • Add seismic bracing to the brick structure from the inside
  • Clean and refinish the bricks
  • New windows added to bring in natural light
  • The existing music building will be demolished and replaced
  • The new building expansion would include architectural cues both from the original 1936 gym, as well as the more modern Frank Church Tech Center on campus
  • The newly revamped and expanded building would include
    • Basement: Wrestling room, weight room, equipment room, training room, offices, classroom, locker rooms, showers
    • First floor: 60-seat "micro theater," orchestra room, main gym, lobby, concessions
    • Second floor: band, choir, music classrooms, small practice rooms


New bar headed for Boise's North End

Fort Street Station is planned for the old Richard's Cafe Vicino space across from the Boise Co-Op in the North End. Richard's moved to a new space in the Inn at 500 Capitol in January.

The new bar would feature seating for about 42 folks in the 1500 square foot space, with a $79,000 remodel project, according to filings.

According to a logo contest on Logo Tournament, the new bar is designed to be a North End gathering place. Owners anticipate the audience "will walk or ride their bikes" the new bar.  The bar will feature "craft beer, fine wines, select cocktails and great food in a comfortable venue," according to the logo brief.

Fort Street Station joins another cyclist-friendly bar is also planned for the west part of downtown.


Camel's Back Park hillside revamp complete

Boise Parks & Rec has finished its revamp of the Camel's Back Park chute. New stairs have been added to ease climbing - and the hillside has been stabilized.

City of Boise put out some pictures of the finished product.