After years of delay, Whole Foods has been given the green light to build in Boise.
On Dec. 6, Boise’s Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved plans to build a 35,000-square-foot organic and natural grocery store on Broadway, near Front and Myrtle streets. A 14,500-square-foot Walgreens will also be built on the six-acre site as part of the first phase of construction. A second phase which may include retail or office space will be developed at a later time, with no immediate time frame available.
After final construction drawings are approved by Boise’s Design Review committee and building permits are filed, actual construction could begin in the second quarter of 2011, and take 12 months give or take, said Rick Duggan, director of construction and design at Schlosser Development of Texas.
“This is a good project. We are excited about bringing this commercial development to Boise,” Duggan said. “We worked very hard to respond to comments and concern from city staff and commissioners.”
Original plans for Whole Foods were first submitted to the city in 2007. It called for a 55,000-square-foot-store, other retail, plus an attached hotel and condo development. The project was scaled back with the economic downturn to the grocery store and other retail component.