Originally Posted by trekkerguy
My problem with this is that there is already so little affordable housing in downtown Boise... they really need multiple buildings focusing solely on that aspect of housing to help bolster the amount of working young people in downtown Boise who also seek out their culture and entertainment there. Otherwise... it's off to Boise Towne Square because that's more accessible to all the other affordable housing.
There are proposals for large apartment complexes across the river from downtown near BSU which can help fill that gap. I feel that large lot at Idaho/Bannock and 16th would be perfect for affordable apartments. I assume, maybe I am wrong, that the young working class who don't live near downtown and happen to live out in west Boise still come downtown for their entertainment, if downtown is their scene. (Some of them may be more of the TGI Fridays crowd and the chain restaurants near BTS are their scene).
Downtown has been pretty busy recently (as it usually is), especially at nights and weekends...it is almost impossible to get into a restaurant without reservations and even then there is a wait. More young professionals living in the downtown area is always going to be a positive. Downtown has an impressive selection of restaurants, retail, etc...but imagine what more we could have if there were a larger number of young pro's living in downtown.
Work has commenced inside of the old Macy's building. Hopefully renderings are released soon.