For six years, The Bridge Townhomes was a pending project, first on State Street in Boise and then, for the past three years, on a .9-acre lot that has remained vacant in Garden City’s Waterfront District.
In recent months, a new investment partner has come on board. The project’s new general contractor, Vertical Construction of Boise, has renamed the 14-unit luxury townhome proposal Waterhouse Row.
Site work started in early July and Waterhouse Row should be ready for tenants in spring 2018, said Bryant Forrester, sales and marketing director at Urban Concepts, which is representing the project.
“It’s the remaining riverfront ground at the Waterfront District,” Forrester said.
Two commercial sites measuring 1,600 and 1,700 square feet are also available. An additional 17 townhomes are set to be added next year right at the roundabout at 36th and Adams streets.
“The Waterfront District has been off the radar for a long time,” Forrester said. “What’s happening is more people are getting out and realizing this project is here.”
He said the opening of Esther Simplot Park, renovations at the Riverside Hotel, the arrival of Telaya Wine Co., the two-year-old pedestrian bridge across the Boise River and the pending opening of Caffe Luciano all raised awareness of the Waterfront District. Scot Oliver, executive director of Idaho Smart Growth, also noted the revitalization on both sides of the river in Garden City.
“Developments like this make it a lot more comfortable for people to use the Greenbelt and access the river,” Oliver said about Waterhouse Row. “Having a plan early and putting it out there and having some patience to wait for the market to catch up, it pays off in the long run.”
Waterhouse Row has four buildings set close together along the Boise River with wood, stone and cement siding. The architect was DG Group of Boise.
“I call it Northwest traditional,” Forrester said.”You’ll find this kind of architecture in Oregon and Seattle.”
Townhome prices range from $300,000 to $675,000 for 1,100-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom units or 2,500-square-foot four-bed, 3½-bath units. Reservations have been made on 11 units with purchase agreements set for September, Forrester said.