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Townhomes are penciled in near Bench train tracks

Seventeen townhomes are proposed for a vacant lot at the Kootenai Street rail crossing. Image courtesy of Pivot North Architecture.

Seventeen townhomes could be wedged between Kootenai Street and a curve of unused rail spur near the east edge of the Boise Bench.

The Marietta Subdivision, as the project is now known, would be on a .89-acre triangular parcel that may not have had any prior development, said Ben Semple, partner at Rodney Evans + Partners, the land planning and landscape architecture firm for the project.

The rail spur dead-ends near Vista Village, and the project is also near the Union Pacific Railroad track, where Boise Valley Railroad runs one train in each direction on weekdays.

Developer Kevin Cablik of CK Property Group LLC was drawn to the overlooked vacant site within a few blocks of Boise State University.

“At this point, what interests Kevin is there is obviously a housing shortage,” Semple said. “A lot of people want to live close to downtown. Kevin is looking for places to do infill development.”

The townhomes will be in six structures with three units in each structure, except one with two units. Three structures will be along Kootenai, and the other three about 50 feet from the rail spur with views of the Boise Foothills, Table Rock and downtown.

The two-bedroom units will have an extra room that could be an office or small third bedroom. The townhomes will have roof decks and either a two-car or large one-car garage.

They will measure about 1,800 to 2,000 square feet, but pricing has not been determined, Semple said.

Semple said the hope is to start construction in spring 2019. Pivot North Architecture of Boise is the architect.

Cablik is in the process of seeking a conditional-use permit and a variance to reduce the setback from the rear property line from 20 to seven feet.

The property was owned for more than 50 years by the Day family, mostly Robert L. Day, mayor of Boise from 1959 to 1961, and then his wife, Charlotte L. Day. Since 2005, it had been owned by Day Side LP, until it was sold to CK Property Group LLC for the proposed townhome development. The Day family built nearby Vista Village in 1949.

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