BOISE-- A proposed 50-unit affordable housing apartment complex is drawing a lot of backlash from nearby neighbors.
It would be built in an area that's changing rapidly, right off Whitewater Park Blvd across from the new Esther Simplot Park. Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority sees a prime opportunity to help people struggling to find an affordable home - especially at a time where low-income housing is dwindling in Boise.
But residents near there don't share the same vision for that property.
"I think that people who sometimes can be in those apartments don't have maybe the best interest of the whole neighborhood at heart," one neighbor, Shawn Moak, said.
The three empty acres of land on Moore Street could look completely different a year from now. The Sandhill Crane Apartments are still in the works and it is too early to say that their exact vision will definitely become a reality. But neighbors tell KTVB they're not ready for something like that to be put in here.
"I wouldn't want three-story high buildings here. That's horrible," a neighbor next to the property, Sarah Wyss, told KTVB.
Sandhill Crane Apartments would be 50 units consisting of nine buildings. Each unit would have one to four bedrooms.
"People have taken ownership and we're having more owners move in. And I see this rental property becoming a blight in the neighborhood at this point," resident Liz Gatchel said.
Neighbors say the area is a beautiful wooded pocket that provides open space to walk and play.
"We like our neighborhood, we like it quiet," Moak added. "I can't see a whole bunch more people in this little tiny area."
Residents say the dense development will bring more traffic in and near their neighborhood.
Boise City/ Ada County Housing Authority has owned the land since 2001 and has been waiting for the opportunity to develop it in order to help Boiseans in need during this affordable housing crisis. They decided now is the time to act.
"One of the big prompters for us is seeing a number of previously affordable housing complexes move away from being affordable," Executive Director Deanna Watson told KTVB.
The housing authority says this apartment complex would help add some housing that's been lost in the Treasure Valley.
"We're in a housing boom right now - lots of market units being developed but a lot of those are out of reach of most of the families that we're looking to serve," Boise/Ada Housing Authority Development Director Bob Reed said.
Rents are based on income and family size: aA one-bedroom unit for someone who makes about $15,000 a year would be $290 a month while a four-bedroom for a family making about $36,000 a year would be roughly $750.
"We're going to need a partner in this to develop it," Reed added.
Those main partners are their nonprofit developer Affordable Housing Solutions, alongside Northwest Real Estate Capital Corporation.
"We want to hear from the neighbors. What are their visions for the area and how can we incorporate their ideas and concerns into what we're proposing," Watson said.
The housing authority will submit their application in September to Idaho Housing and Finance for tax credits, which will fund the development.
Neighbors say they would rather see something like senior living, townhouses or affordable housing for veterans to own.