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Central Addition apartments: Forget The Roost, the real name is The Fowler

The walls of Fifth and Broad will undulate along Fifth Street. Image courtesy of LocalConstruct.

The walls of Fifth and Broad will undulate along Fifth Street. Image courtesy of LocalConstruct.

The Roost apartment project in Boise’s Central Addition has a new name: The Fowler.

Its developer, LocalConstruct, is now waiting to see how long it takes for the name The Roost to disappear from memory of officialdom, the media and people in general for the developer’s 158-unit apartment project at Fifth and Broad streets.

“I think it’ll take about a year,” LocalConstruct Co-President Mike Brown said.

Brown and Co-President Casey Lynch never called the project The Roost. That was the company name that Brown and Lynch assigned to the project when applying for city permits.

“We pulled it from a hat,” Brown said.

Brown and Lynch referred to the project as Fifth and Broad until they decided on The Fowler about four weeks ago.

Mike Brown

Mike Brown

The apartments are named after the Fowler House, which stood on the ground where the apartments were built from 1894 until LocalConstruct fronted the cost to move the historic house intact on Aug. 3 to its new home at Fort and Hays streets.

Brown said the Fowler House was “the best preserved and most charming” of the five historic homes moved from the site that Local Construct is developing.

“That was the home that attracted the most attention from the preservation community,” Brown said.

Brown anticipates starting construction on the seven-story  The Fowler in late December or early January with move-ins slated for spring 2017. The next step for LocalConstruction is design review with the city for its 70-percent completed construction drawings, Brown said.

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