Franklin and Orchard Site Development

Rendering of the Franklin and Orchard project

Intent to Award

The City of Boise is pleased to announce an Intent to Award J Fisher Companies as the development team for Franklin and Orchard, an affordable housing development in a Community Activity Center. Based on feedback from the review committees, the city will be holding further conversations about the proposal submitted. Upon completion of these, a formal Memorandum of Agreement will be executed between J Fisher and the City of Boise.

The project will feature a mix of housing types for a range of household incomes and is intended to grow with the neighborhood for future use as a Community Activity Center. The housing types proposed include one to three-bedroom multi-family units (ranging from 500-1150 square feet) and townhomes. Designed to integrate into Franklin Park, unique community gathering spaces are woven throughout the development to bring the Central Bench residents together. An anchor building will sit on the corner of Franklin and Orchard to provide retail and multi-family rental units.

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Community Feedback

Community members were invited to share feedback from December 10, 2019 to January 5, 2020 about the future of the city-owned property at the Southwest corner of the Franklin Road and Orchard Street intersection. The city purchased the L-shaped 4.7-acre property in July 2019. Feedback from the community has been summarized.

Read the Executive Summary

Why Franklin and Orchard?

This area is designated as a Community Activity Center in the city's comprehensive plan, Blueprint Boise. An activity center is an area that attracts people for shopping, work, school, recreation and/or socializing. Community Activity Centers like this one serve the immediate neighborhood and the surrounding area through a grocery store, office and service uses, and moderate to high-density housing within a half mile radius.

Additionally, the Central Bench neighborhood plan includes a vision that aims to make the neighborhood the most livable in Boise. In this effort, residents highlighted five major themes that serve as guiding principles in this and future developments:

  1. Residents love the neighborhood location, friendly neighborhood character and diversity.
  2. Improve bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
  3. Transform Orchard Street into a walkable corridor along with more parks and public spaces.
  4. Address safety and overall cleanliness of the neighborhood.
  5. Manage growth and ensure new development adds to the neighborhood’s existing character.

Ultimately, by incentivizing mixed-use development at Franklin and Orchard that includes mixed-income housing and office and service uses that the neighborhood may need, the city hopes to improve this activity center and, in turn, create places that people enjoy and improve livability.

Map of intersection of Franklin and Orchard with data. Population: 4062; Housing Units: 2074 (41.9% owner occupied, 51.8% renter occupied, 6.3% vacant); Cars per Household: 1.4; Businesses: 245; Served by Transit Routes: R6 - Orchard and R29 - Overland.


  • Engagement Summary published: Feb. 14
  • Request for Proposals Open: Feb. 18 – April 6
  • Proposals reviewed and scored: April 7 – 20
  • Top five Development Teams Notified: April 20
  • Final document submission: May 5
  • Selected developer notified: May 25

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