The Cartee

Local Construct aims to build a mixed-use, eight-story building with 160 residential units at 170 parking spaces at 323 W. Broad St. in Boise. It is tentatively called The Cartee.

Boise City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a rezoning request paving the way for Los Angeles-based developer Local Construct to build a mixed-use, eight-story building with 160 residential units and 170 parking spaces at 323 W. Broad St.

This development will be similar to Local Construct’s The Fowler, located a few blocks away and opened earlier this year. The z-shaped building, tentatively called The Cartee, is proposed to include three levels of parking, five levels of residential and commercial development on the street level.

The rezone changed the property from residential office with downtown design review to central business district with downtown design review. Council President Lauren McLean and Council Member T.J. Thomson both praised the project and development in the area, which the city called the LIV District. The area has “green turnkey development,” which allows businesses to hook in to a network of environmentally friendly infrastructure.

Mayor Dave Bieter said he was excited to see development taking off in the area.

“We made substantial investments on this corridor in the hopes that private players would follow and we could create a neighborhood with some real places for people to live, shop, entertain,” Bieter said. “Boy, in my wildest dreams I didn’t think we’d have this many residential units coming as we’re seeing right now.”

The project went before the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission earlier this summer and heard no opposition from the public.

The Cartee is one of several projects approved for this area of the city in the several months. Last month, city council approved a controversial two-tower mixed-use project with a skybridge proposed for the corner of Fifth and Broad Streets under development by City Council Member Scot Ludwig. A few blocks away, Hilton is set to break ground this fall on a 138 room hotel on Front Street between Fifth and Sixth streets.

Margaret Carmel covers the city of Boise. Follow her on Twitter @mlcarmel or reach her by phone at 757-705-8066.

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