Neighbors concerned over 'skinny' homes in Boise

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Neighbors are voicing concerns over so-called "skinny" homes because they are being built more and more throughout the city. Although developers claim they're the style people are wanting to buy.

Michael Dick, who lives off Kerr St., even has a sign in his yard voicing his displeasure over the development.

He worries this type of development is bringing too many people to areas not equipped for so many residents.

"Parking is a concern. Traffic is a concern. Right now we have two rentals that are skinny homes, not at the end of the block, but that are rentals," said Dick. "They're relatively attractive, but they don't use their garage everybody parks on the street."

The developer is a non profit called Neighborhood Housing Service. Which also does beautification projects around the city.

Project manager Grey Titmus said these homes are meant to be smaller and more affordable to serve those who might not be able to afford it otherwise.

"Because they're small they don't cost as much as the bigger lots on the outskirts of the city, and it allows people to get into homes for less money," said Titmus. "They can save tens of thousands of dollars."

This process is also used to prevent sprawl in cities, and keep people closer to services in areas of downtown. Cutting down on commutes.

Although residents like Dick worry these homes could easily be turned into rentals down the road, and cause problems.