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The City of Pocatello, the City of Chubbuck and the State of Idaho are all teaming up for this project. The development’s website says it will bring affordable housing and well-paying jobs to the area.
Matthew Hunter, the Pocatello and Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, says, “It’s going to be a whole live-in community, so it will have your grocery stores, your restaurants, maybe a hotel and all the types of thing a community like that would have. But it will also have those employers, and hopefully some big ones, just not sure who or what.”
It’s also marketed as Idaho’s first walkable and bike-able community.
The development will have 10,000 residential units, a retail and shopping district and an office space of over one million square feet that’s expected to support 6,000 jobs.
A new interchange is also in the works, called the Siphon Interchange. It will allow direct access to the new community, better connect Pocatello and Chubbuck and should lessen the traffic on I-15.
Population growth is another reason for the new development.
As Boise and the Wasatch Front continue to get bigger, they also get more expensive, pushing more people into Pocatello and Chubbuck.
There’s also the potential for more young people to pour into the area, as there are so many students going to school around Pocatello.