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2 developments — one downtown, on at Boise shopping center — promise affordable housing

As prices soar, the city of Boise is taking two more steps to build affordable housing — one on a site close to downtown, the other at an aging Central Bench shopping center.

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If built, the two developments, combined with other projects on the drawing board, might provide slight relief to the Boise area’s rapidly worsening affordability problem.

For the first project, the board of the Capital City Development Corp., Boise’s urban renewal agency, voted Monday to solicit requests from developers for affordable apartments on West Idaho Street just west of 17th Street in the West Downtown neighborhood.

For the second, the Boise City Council was set to vote Tuesday on a proposal to buy ground at the Hillcrest Shopping Center for affordable housing. The site once housed a Fred Meyer store, torn down 10 years ago.

The measures are advancing just as home-sales prices set another record

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