TWIN FALLS — Dozens of new homes sold and constructed. Five-hundred students at the new Rock Creek Elementary School. And one new outpatient surgery center at St. Luke’s.
The northwest corner of the city is humming with activity and continues to evolve.
More plans to develop the area are set to get started soon. Twin Falls can expect to see a lot more houses, businesses and hotels built this year.
Here’s a recap of some of the projects currently, or soon to be, underway:
Two months ago, the site of a future mini golf course on Canyon Crest Drive was relatively undisturbed. But by mid-March, construction work began in earnest for Putters Mini Golf and Hawaiian Shaved Ice.
It was a late start for a summer opening, partly because of winter weather. Even partner Jason Vickrey was slightly skeptical he’d be able to pull off a Memorial Day weekend opening.
“It goes by pretty quick,” Vickrey said Tuesday. “There’s a lot of moving parts from now until then.”
The miniature golf course is on schedule, but it will take a big push moving forward. This week, sidewalks, water channels and a cave-like structure gave spectators an idea of how the outdoor course will be laid out.
“Probably next week we’ll start landscaping, and that will really change the look of it,” Vickrey said.
Putters is just north of Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice, a wholesale food distributor and food service warehouse. Vickrey preferred the location because of its proximity to four hotels and the Pizza Pie Café party venue.
And there’s still plenty of commercial space available along the Pole Line Road corridor south of Putters.
Westpark Properties — home to Culver’s and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen — has about 12 acres of unclaimed commercial property, development manager David Shotwell said. He’s hoping the space can bring in more restaurants and retail.
South of Pole Line Road, at Washington Street North and Cheney Drive West, a Treasure Valley business is branching out to Twin Falls: CapEd Credit Union.
The business began as a credit union for educators, and still makes supporting education a priority, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Mike Hill said. So the proximity to Canyon Ridge High School and the College of Southern Idaho made northwest Twin Falls an ideal location for its Twin Falls services.
The city is already home to a significant population of CapEd Credit Union members outside the Treasure Valley, Hill said. The credit union has more than 70,000 members.
Construction could begin within the next week for the 4,000 square-foot building with a detached, 24-7 ATM drive-thru. Hill hopes the branch will open by November or December.
Other upcoming commercial projects include two extended-stay hotels: Marriott TownePlace Suites, next to the Fairfield Inn and Suites, and MyPlace Hotel, east of the hospital.
Northwest Twin Falls subdivisions continue to be among the most active places for single-family building permits in the city.
The Northern Passage subdivision is about 60 percent built out, said Shotwell, a managing partner. The subdivision surrounds Rock Creek Elementary School, east of Grandview Drive North and north of Pole Line Road West.
“We’re just finishing a phase right now that’ll be available in late summer,” Shotwell said.
That phase alone has 28 lots. Shotwell expects a robust housing market this year.
Wolverton Homes, meanwhile, is busy with the Hometowne Place subdivision to the north — as well as the Sunterra subdivision near Xavier Charter School.
“We are working on another phase of Sunterra and another phase of Hometowne Place,” spokesman Brad Leggett said.
Sunterra has several more phases yet to be done over the next couple of years, he said.
Builders are having success with selling homes in the low $200,000 price range before they’re even constructed. There’s also a low inventory of homes available in that price range, and lots in the northwest part of town are more affordable, he said.
“Everybody wants to be by the hospital,” Leggett said.
The considerably sized Broadmoor subdivision — south of North College Road and east of Grandview Drive North — is also well underway after development began last year.
“Phase one is sold out,” Developer Gerald Martens said of his 150-lot portion of the subdivision. “We’re building phase two and it’s partially sold out.”
About 40 homes have been sold. There are about a dozen under construction, and the second phase of 22 lots will be ready for building by July.
“Sales are very aggressive, faster than I expected,” Martens said.
In the meantime, Martens has plans to begin developing a third, smaller phase within the next month. This phase will eventually have 12 duplexes.
“I think they’ll be sold before they’re completed,” he said.
Assisted, skilled and independent living
A $12 million facility for assisted living, memory care and independent living will open its doors later this month.
Although it took only a matter of days to fit together the pre-constructed segments of Canyons Retirement Community, winter weather and custom interior work took longer than expected. The center plans to open 40 assisted living and 20 memory care units on May 15.
“There’s a great demand in Twin Falls for assisted living, and especially memory care,” Executive Administrator Jordan Hartman said.
The memory care units are in a secured area, with access to a fenced walking path outdoors. Residents also have common areas and dining areas throughout the building. Rates will be fixed for each type of room available, instead of based on the level of care, Hartman said.
North of the main Canyons facility, Heritage Health Services opened an office this year to offer home health and hospice care.
And construction will soon begin on Canyons’ independent living units to the east — there will be 20 in all, to be built two at a time. These residents will have access to a walking path around the facility, plus one meal a day included in their rent, Hartman said.
Southeast of Canyons Retirement Community, a housing development for empty-nesters, The Cottages, is moving along slower than expected.
“I think it’s a new concept,” developer Brad Wills said. “It’s been a little bit slower to take off.”
The 20-home development began last year with five cottages for people who are looking to downsize. A homeowner’s association takes care of landscaping.
A project north of the newly constructed Cheney Drive West, east of Grandview Drive North, will serve yet another kind of resident. The 60-bed skilled nursing facility, Serenity Healthcare, will be finished in August.
“We will be accepting patients once we get our certification,” Vice President Tobi Lucero said.
That date is still unknown, but inquiries can be made with Lucero at 801-574-5754.
St. Luke’s Magic Valley didn’t waste much time between projects, and has already begun construction of new medical offices. These will open in February 2018.
At the same time, the hospital has begun expanding its parking lot south of the future medical office building, spokeswoman Michelle Bartlome said. And later this year, it plans to replace one of its linear accelerators.