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Could Amazon be on the cusp of building another large Boise warehouse?


Amazon won’t confirm it, but it looks like giant Seattle The retailer could occupy the planned 1.35 million square foot warehouse and distribution center south of Boise Airport.

Renderings of the proposed building show the same sky blue color used in Amazon’s Prime logo and on other Amazon warehouses, as well as grays and browns. The building also has a similar design and layout to other Amazon buildings.

In addition, Salt Lake Citydeveloper Gardner Batt, listed on the application filed with the City of Boise for the building at 6259, chemin S. Pleasant Valley, built three Amazon buildings in utah and working on a fourth.

And AO Architects, an Orange, California, company that supplied the plasters for the building planned south of Boise airport, created designs for the previous Amazon warehouses using the same color scheme.

So far, no one will publicly admit that the warehouse is being built for Amazon. It’s not uncommon for companies and developers to refuse to comment long after construction begins in case plans change or for competitive reasons.

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A rendering of the proposed 1.1 million square foot building at 6259 S. Pleasant Valley Road, south of Boise Airport. While Amazon does not confirm or deny that it will be the tenant, the building’s color scheme includes the same sky blue color that is used in Amazon’s Prime logo and the company’s Nampa warehouse. AO Architects via the city of Boise

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When Amazon opened its Nampa warehouse and distribution center, the building at 5295 E. Franklin Road was bathed in the sky blue hue of the Seattle retailer’s Prime logo. Renderings of a planned 1.1 million square foot warehouse near Boise Airport use the same color. Amazon has not confirmed or denied that the building will be built for it. Provided by Amazon

“Amazon always examines future investment opportunities in Boise, where we see strong customer demand ”, Amazon spokesperson Natalie Wolfrom said by email. “However, at the moment, I am not in a position to confirm or deny the project you mentioned.”

Jonathan Gardner, co-founder of Gardner Batt, said the same thing. “Sorry, I’m not free to discuss the future Boise user project ”, Gardner written in an email.

Mike Adler, President of Boise’s Adler Industrial, one of the four companies owning the land where the warehouse would be built in a joint venture with Gardner Batt, also declined to say. He said amazon imposed restrictions on his business for the smaller Amazon warehouse he built on Franklin Road east of Ten Mile Road.

“We don’t have the right to do it”, Adler said by phone while refusing to identify the customer of the new warehouse. “Amazon don’t like any of their buildings being made public until they are built.

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Mike Adler, Adler Industrial and Tommy Ahlquist of Ball Ventures Ahlquist create a large industrial and commercial development called Pleasant Valley Industrial Park on South Orchard Street near Boise Airport. Darin Oswald [email protected]

When Amazon builds his Nampa distribution center, which opened in November 2020, she kept her name a secret for a year and a half before confirming a year before the end of the building that she was behind the project. Previously, he called the giant warehouse the “Bronco Project”.

Likewise, the proposed warehouse on Pleasant Valley Road has been nicknamed “Project Dove”. Boisedev.com first reported the possibility that it is an Amazon building.

Amazon recently entered into an agreement with the town of Boise for rent 3½ acres of land at Boise Airport to construct a 31,000 square foot air freight building to store and distribute the e-commerce giant’s products.

The air cargo center would be located approximately four miles from the planned warehouse.

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The proposed warehouse southwest of Boise Airport would have 1.35 million square feet with the main floor and mezzanine, 98 docks for loading semi-trucks, 390 parking spaces for trailers , as well as 700 parking spaces for employee cars and two guard cabins. AO Architects via the city of Boise

Plans call for the warehouse to contain 98 docks for loading semi-trucks – two less than at Nampa Amazon warehouse – 390 parking spaces for trailers, as well as 700 parking spaces for employee cars and two guard cabins. Its first floor would have 1.1 million square feet. Including its planned mezzanine, the building would have 1.35 million square feet.

The warehouse is part of a 520-acre development by Pleasant Valley Land Holdings, composed of Adler Industrial, Ball Ventures Ahlquist, Ball adventures and Sawtooth Investment Management.

Pleasant Valley Industrial Park would be built on bare land located between South Orchard and North Pleasant Valley roads and north of West Lake Hazel Road.

In addition to the warehouse, the development would include 21 smaller buildings, ranging from 50,000 square feet to 430,000 square feet. Shops, restaurants, a hotel and possibly a grocery store are also planned.

Between southern orchard and Cole Road along the way to Lake Hazel, CBH Houses began construction on the 600-acre Local Subdivision, which when completed will have over 2,000 homes.

This is the most ambitious construction project for CBH, Idaho largest home builder. Barton provides a mix of low and medium density housing, a village center for community gatherings, and commercial and industrial areas.

Construction is expected to take 10 to 15 years.

Further east, Flint Development from Prairie Village, Kansas, plans to construct two buildings totaling 897,060 square feet on a 94-acre parcel at 951 E. Gowen Road. One would be 722,640 square feet, with a smaller one at 174,420 square feet.

The Boise Design Review Committee is scheduled to review both the Dove Project Flint’s warehouse and development applications at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8 At the mayor, 150, boulevard du Capitole

In his email to the Statesman, Gardner said he expects more details on the warehouse to be made public in the next two to three months.

This story was originally published December 2, 2021 4:00 a.m.

Journalist John Sowell has worked for the Statesman since 2013. He covers business and growth issues. He grew up in Emmett and graduated from the University of Oregon. If you enjoy seeing stories like this, consider supporting our work with a digital subscription to the Idaho Statesman.