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Mixed use is fundamental to Boise’s comprehensive plan (access required)

Mixed use is fundamental to the comprehensive plan in Idaho’s largest city. “Our comp plan is all about trying to create an urban environment where people have choices, the ability to get around, different forms of transportation, and convenience in ...

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Financing is an obstacle for mixed-use project developers (access required)

Bankers are starting to see more applications for mixed-use development, the type of project that integrates office, residential, and retail space horizontally or vertically. Mixed use was once common in older downtown areas, but over the last several decades, development ...

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Mixed use will define Meridian’s Ten Mile Interchange (access required)

Although mixed-use is having its moment around Idaho, that moment is a little muted in Meridian, which is known as the place where homebuyers can find a large house for their money in the wide-open spaces of a subdivision. However, ...

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Restaurant, apartments slated for Moscow urban renewal district (access required)

When George Skandalos and Carly Lilly decided to move their Sangria Grille from the Palouse Mall parking lot to downtown Moscow, they saw an opportunity to expand the idea of mixed-use development beyond commercial and residential limits. “The idea is ...

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Coeur d’Alene seeks to encourage mixed-use development (access required)

Coeur d’Alene has two existing mixed-use developments called Parkside and the Village at Riverstone. The city has not received any applications for new mixed-use projects, although there have been recent inquiries about mixed-use downtown, said Hilary Anderson, the city’s community ...

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Community support can make or break a mixed-use project (access required)

While several rural Idaho cities have turned to mixed-use developments in the hope of revitalizing the downtowns, they aren’t a panacea. The success of a mixed-use development is tied to how successful the city itself is, said Deanna Smith, program ...

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Mixed-use development creates inclusive communities (access required)

Among the trends in land-use development, mixed-use projects are receiving escalated attention and have become increasingly popular in both the public and private sectors. Mixed-use development blends residential, commercial, cultural, institutional, and where appropriate, industrial uses. Mixed-use projects can be ...

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Wanted: developer for infill in downtown Sandpoint (access required)

Sandpoint has a relatively healthy, populated downtown area. But right in the middle is a parking lot that Aaron Qualls, Sandpoint’s director of planning and economic development, sees as the perfect opportunity for mixed-use infill development. The city is looking ...

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Mixed-use development in Idaho reflects the state’s wide-open spaces (access required)

When we set out to talk about mixed-use development in Idaho for this issue of Square Feet, we broadened the definition a bit. Architects and developers generally define mixed-use development as projects containing at least three distinct uses, such as ...

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Planners say mixed use is healthier (access required)

Organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and the Urban Land Institute encourage mixed-use development as a means of improving health. “Residents of mixed-use livable communities with transit options weigh less, are more physically active, and experience less chronic ...

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