Project Bronco

A rendering shows an 850,000-square-foot distribution warehouse proposed for "Project Bronco" in Nampa. Amazon confirmed Thursday, Oct. 10, that it would open its first fulfillment center in Idaho at the site, to be 650,000 square feet and completed in 2020.

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NAMPA — A proposed distribution warehouse referred to as “Project Bronco” in Nampa will be a different size than previously anticipated. 

The project, which was previously estimated to be about 850,000 square feet on 111 acres on the southwest corner of East Franklin and Star roads, was changed to about 640,000 square feet on 61 acres, said Nampa Economic Development Director Beth Ineck. However, the height of the project was also increased from 53 feet to 75 feet, so although the footprint of the building decreased, the overall square footage actually increased to about 991,000 square feet. 

Ineck did not say why Project Bronco’s size was changed, but still estimates the project will bring about 2,000 jobs to the area. The building was originally proposed to be two stories, with internal two-story mezzanines, but now the building is planned to be four stories, according to the minutes of a Nampa Planning and Zoning meeting. 

Officials have not yet revealed the nature of Project Bronco, but evidence points to it being an Amazon fulfillment center. “Amazon” was listed on project documents, and the developer behind Project Bronco has built Amazon distribution centers around the world.

The Nampa Planning and Zoning Commission previously granted Project Bronco’s conditional use permit in July. The developer has yet to close on the land.

Finally, Ineck said the Nampa City Council must approve a memorandum of understanding with the Project Bronco developer before the development can move forward. She said the memorandum would solidify which parties are responsible for completing traffic improvements related to the project. Ineck expects the city to approve the memorandum sometime in early 2019.

Thompson Engineers released a traffic impact study in September for Project Bronco, which called for dozens of traffic improvements through 2030.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated as of Dec. 6, 2018 to clarify information regarding Project Bronco's size. 

Erin Bamer is the city of Nampa reporter. Contact her at 208-465-8193, or Follow on Twitter @ErinBamer.

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