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Whole Foods expected to get green light from Design Review

Final review of plans to construct a Whole Foods and Walgreens in Boise is expected Jan.12.

Boise Planning Director Hal Simmons said the Design Review Committee is scheduled to review and approve design plans for the 35,000-square foot organic grocery store and Walgreens planned for Front and Myrtle streets. The site’s proposed landscaping, building colors, and exact building plans will be considered.

“This is a consent item and Design Review is in agreement with all items, so it should be over real quick,” Simmons said.

In December, Planning and Zoning unanimously approved plans to build on the 6-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. Construction could begin in the second quarter of 2011 and take 12 months.

Rick Duggan, director of construction and design at Schlossser Development of Texas, said, his firm agrees with staff recommendations on the project.

“We don’t expect any disagreement and believe we have got a well designed project,” Duggan said.

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.

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