Franklin and Orchard Site Development

Text that reads, "We're Listening. Come provide input on the city's plan to build a mixed-use housing and commercial activity center at Franklin and Orchard."

Community members are invited to share feedback about the future of the city-owned property at the Southwest corner of the Franklin and Orchard intersection. Earlier this summer, the city purchased the L-shaped 4.7-acre property that was once the site of the old Franklin School. The city is excited to help develop this key activity center into a neighborhood and community space that aligns with both the Central Bench neighborhood plan and the city’s Grow Our Housing and Energize Our Neighborhoods initiatives.

Feedback from the open houses and the online survey will be compiled, analyzed, and integrated into a Request for Proposal (RFP) that the city will release in early February 2020. Once a developer is selected for the site, they will hold additional community meetings before the project moves into the permitting and building processes.

Later, in Spring/Summer of 2020, the Energize team will connect with residents and business owners to identify and prioritize livability projects in the area. From there, the city and other community partners will collaborate to implement these strategic priorities as the development at Franklin and Orchard commences and continues.

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.

Event Details

The city will hold four open houses where anyone from the community can share their thoughts and preferences on site elements and design. Each of these events will collect the same feedback, so community members need only attend one event that is most convenient for them. Light refreshments will also be served at each event.

Tuesday, December 10
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Hillcrest Library, Lemhi Room
5246 W. Overland Rd. Boise, ID 83705

Friday, December 13
12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Heated tent on Franklin and Orchard Property
Southwest corner of Franklin and Orchard

Saturday, December 14
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Heated tent on Franklin and Orchard Property
Southwest corner of Franklin and Orchard

Wednesday, December 18
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Hillcrest Library, Lemhi Room
5246 W. Overland Rd. Boise, ID 83705

The City of Boise encourages persons with disabilities and those who require language assistance to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing an accommodation, please contact Melinda McGoldrick, (208) 570-6834 or email mmcgoldrick@cityofboise.org, as soon as possible, but no later than 72 hours before the event.

Online Feedback

If you’re unable to join us for one of the events, you can share feedback online through our survey. The survey runs from December 10, 2019 to January 5, 2020.

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