Meridian Press - Medical school developer plans 480-unit apartment complex

A 480-unit apartment complex planned in Meridian aims to provide housing options for students enrolled in a new medical school.

The Pine 43 apartments are planned for a 27-acre property north of East Pine Avenue and east of Locust Grove Road, according to the application. It is near the new Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, which will open in August for its first class of 150 students.

The developer of the apartment complex is the Burrell Group, which is the same developer behind the medical school and a major investor in the school.

In its application, the developer stated the apartments are meant to provide housing options for students at the school and increase housing stock in the city.

The Meridian Planning and Zoning Commission approved a conditional use permit for the apartment complex in February.

Pine 43 will have 20 three-story buildings. The apartments will be built in two phases, according to the application. The first phase, slated for completion in August 2019, includes half of the housing units and a clubhouse. Other amenities planned for the apartments include a pool, fitness center, garages, plaza and multi-use pathway.