Idaho’s first medical school, two new Albertsons stores and a YMCA are just a few of the things on the list to open in Meridian in 2018.

Meanwhile, other large developments are scheduled to start or continue the approval process in 2018, including two new WinCo Foods stores planned for Meridian.

Here’s a recap of some of the projects approved in 2017 and a look ahead at some of what’s to come in 2018. Look for more in-depth coverage of these projects in the Meridian Press as hearing dates and openings get closer.

NEW MERIDIAN MEDICAL SCHOOL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine in Meridian will be the state’s first medical school.

In early December, school officials announced it advanced in the pre-accreditation process and can begin taking applications from prospective students. Classes are expected to begin in fall 2018 with up to 150 students, according to the college.

The building is under construction at 1311 E. Central Drive, which is near Locust Grove Road and Interstate 84 and on Idaho State University’s Meridian campus, though the private medical college is not affiliated with ISU.

Part of the college’s mission includes recruiting students who are committed to working in the medical field throughout Idaho, regionally and beyond, according to its strategic plan.

Construction on the $34 million, 90,000-square-foot building began in May.

ALBERTSONS TO BUILD TWO NEW MERIDIAN STORES

Albertsons plans to open two new stores in Meridian in 2018.

The first is in the former Shopko location at Fairview Avenue and Eagle Road. Albertsons plans to remodel the nearly 110,000-square-foot facility and turn it into one of the largest, if not the largest, grocery store in Idaho, the company announced in June.

That store is planned to open in late summer or early fall of 2018, according to Albertsons spokeswoman Kathy Holland.

The second store is planned in south Meridian as part of a new commercial development called Firenze Plaza on the northwest corner of Eagle and Amity roads. That new store is expected to open shortly after the store at Eagle and Fairview, Holland said.

Albertsons currently operates two stores in Meridian. One is at Fairview Avenue and Meridian Road. The other is at Ten Mile Road and Cherry Lane.

NEW SOUTH MERIDIAN YMCA EYES MAY OPENING

A development that includes a new elementary school, city park, YMCA and St. Luke’s clinic, collectively known as The Hill, is expected to open in May 2018.

The elementary school, Hillsdale, is already open, but other components are still under construction.

The 60,000-square-foot YMCA facility is under construction on Amity Road near Eagle Road. It will be Meridian’s first full YMCA facility.

Membership sales are expected to start this spring, Scott Curtis, vice president and chief advancement officer for the Treasure Valley YMCA, recently told the Meridian Press.

The Meridian Library District plans to repurpose a shipping container and open a children’s library at The Hill in time for its summer reading program.

St. Luke’s will occupy about 8,000 square feet of the Y facility with a center for lifestyle medicine. The space will include classrooms, a teaching kitchen, consultation rooms and a transitional gym, according to St. Luke’s.

St. Luke’s will also have a collaborative clinic within the Y led by board certified pediatricians that’s in partnership with the West Ada School District and open to all children, St. Luke’s spokeswoman Anita Kissée said.

Separately, St. Luke’s also plans to open a new clinic in south Meridian near the Y at 3959 E. Amity Road that will include pediatrics, family medicine and physical therapy, according to Kissée.

WINCO PLANS TWO NEW MERIDIAN STORES

WinCo Foods is seeking approval from the city to build two new grocery stores in Meridian. Separate public hearings for the proposed locations — one on Overland Road near Majestic Cinema and one at Linder Road and Chinden Boulevard — are scheduled before the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council in January.

The company’s plan is to build and open the new stores and close the existing WinCo location on Meridian Road, Greg Goins of WinCo told City Council at a Nov. 21 meeting. Another retailer has already expressed interest in the existing WinCo location once the grocer moves out, Goins said, though he declined to name the retailer.

One new WinCo store is planned at 2600 E. Overland Road. A coming soon sign has been up at that location for a while.

The company submitted an application to the city to develop the 18.75-acre property into seven building lots — one large lot for the new WinCo store and six other commercial building lots, according to the application.

WinCo is not requesting to change the zoning of the property, which is already zoned for commercial development, but is requesting a subdivision plat for the building lots.

A public hearing for the development is scheduled during the Jan. 4 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

The second planned WinCo store is part of a large proposed development at Linder Road and Chinden Boulevard called Linder Village.

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended a denial of the development to City Council in October. City Council heard a revised plan Nov. 21, but voted to take more time and get more information before making a final decision.

The item will be discussed again at the Jan. 16 City Council meeting.

LINDER VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT

The developers behind the proposed Linder Village development near the intersection of Linder Road and Chinden Boulevard have plans for 13 mixed-use commercial buildings at the site along with single-family detached or attached homes on a total of 81 acres.

The development would be anchored by the new WinCo Foods store and would include a mix of retail shops, restaurants and office space.

Linder Village has garnered both support and opposition from surrounding residents. It would border the Paramount subdivision.

Through several hours of public testimony, residents expressed concerns about traffic attracted to the large development and the noise and light from the 24-hour WinCo store. Some opposed the design of the development and wanted a more attractive and walkable layout.

Others who supported the project said they were happy to see more options for retail and restaurants closer to home and praised WinCo as a company.

After the project was given a recommendation for denial by the Planning and Zoning Commission, a revised version that aimed to address concerns was brought before City Council. Those revisions included shifting the WinCo store so loading docks faced Linder Road instead of homes.

If the project is approved, the developer plans to widen Chinden Boulevard to five lanes between Meridian and Linder roads. A new signalized intersection is also planned for Bergman Way.

City Council will consider the project at its Jan. 16 meeting.

TEN MILE CROSSING

Large commercial buildings are taking shape at Ten Mile Crossing, a new development on Ten Mile Road at Interstate 84.

AmeriBen became the first tenant to open at Ten Mile Crossing in 2017. In 2018, Brighton Corporation, Paylocity, Horrocks Engineers and other future tenants are expected to move into a five-story building at the development that is under construction near the freeway.

Ten Mile Crossing also includes Ten Mile Creek, a mixed-used development that will have commercial and residential buildings. An apartment complex is planned for the development on the residential side.

Other tenants building in Ten Mile Creek are a Primary Health clinic and Epic Shine Car Wash.

NORCO’S NEW MERIDIAN FACILITY

Norco is building an 86,000-square-foot facility at 1303 S. Silverstone Way, near Eagle and Overland Roads.

The building will have retail space on the first floor that will replace the existing Norco retail location in Meridian next to Gold’s Gym on Eagle Road, near the Ustick Road intersection. The top floor will have medical billing offices.

Norco, which operates in seven states, said this will be the company’s largest building.

HILTON TRU HOTEL

A four-story, 92-room Tru Hotel is expected to open in Meridian in 2018.

The new hotel is part of the Hilton brand and is at 1401 S. Eagle Road, just south of Interstate 84.

According to the hotel’s website, it is now taking reservations for June 22, 2018 and beyond.

Neighboring cities Boise and Nampa have both had several new hotels come to town recently, but Meridian hasn’t seen that same boom. Still, the Tru Hotel is the second to open recently in Meridian.

A new My Place Hotel opened in Meridian in 2017.

Holly Beech contributed to this report.

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