Oct. 1, 2015

Boise Will Soon Have A Space Observatory Again

A local astronomer has made his crowdfunding goal and Boise will soon have an observatory again.

Brian Jackson used to work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and now teaches in the Boise State Physics Department. He launched a PonyUp campaign earlier this month to raise $8,000 to refurbish the old observatory dome on top of the Education Building at BSU.

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Aug. 10, 2016

5 Meridian Developments To Keep An Eye On

Sometimes it's hard to keep up with all the growth in Meridian — new homes, new apartments, new restaurants and new businesses. Here's a one-stop shop for information about five interesting developments.

1) Digitization at the Library
2) The Vault Patio
3) Flatbread Expands
4) Black Rock Coffee Bar
5) Growth at the Village

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Aug. 24, 2016

Destination: Downtown Meridian

by Marissa Lovell

Idaho’s fastest city growing city since 1994, Meridian is no stranger to progress and growth. Recently named America’s best city to live in by USA Today, the Boise Valley’s central city has proven to hold a little something for everyone. With the Village at Meridian’s ever-growing radius and suburban development happening throughout the area at lightning speed, downtown Meridian brings an unexpected experience – a cultural cohesion of strong historical roots and emerging potential. For downtown business owners, the move to the city’s center has been encouraging and positive – part of the reason why more businesses across different industries are setting up shop in downtown Meridian.

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Jul. 26, 2016

Rhodes Park- A Skateboarders Paradise

Rhodes Skatepark

For many kids, skateboarding isn’t just a hobby, but a way of life. Glenn Rhodes recognized this in 1992 and originally designed a multi-use park with modular features. This park was redesigned in 2016 by Grindline Skateparks, with help from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family foundation, Rhodes Park's 1.28 acres is now a skater’s paradise. 

Jun. 12, 2015

Downtown Boise to See 395 New Residential Units

Six projects are on the way to downtown Boise this year that will create nearly 400 new living spaces. Many of the plans include ground-level office and retail space with capacity for residential and parking above. The new additions will kick start the City of Boise's goal of bringing 1,000 new urban living spaces into the city's core by 2020.

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Nov. 12, 2015

Athlos Academies Has a Vision for the Future in Boise

by Boise Valley Economic Partnership

Idaho-based education service provider Athlos Academies has announced that it will be opening a new national training facility and corporate headquarters office in Boise. Athlos purchased the former Macy’s building at the corner of 10th and Main in downtown Boise, which will see a full remodel in the coming months. The company will be creating 50 new jobs in Idaho with an average wage of $50,000, for a total of 70 employees. Athlos Academies will receive a Tax Reimbursement Incentive (TRI) award of 17% for eight years.

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May. 18, 2015

Albertsons Library Makes Room for New Student MakerLab

by Kathleen Tuck, Boise State University

Construction will soon begin on the first floor of Boise State's Albertsons Library to make room for the brand new MakerLab. The lab is a student center for creation, innovation and experimentation, featuring 3D printers, vinyl cutters, numerous tools for creating and designing computers, circuits and more. The space will also facet the new Gaming Interactive Media and Mobile (GIMM) technology degree program, part of the new College of Innovation and Design (COID). 

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Dec. 17, 2014

Downtown Boise will look much different in 10 years

Do you remember Boise before BoDo? Before there was a tall, glassy condo building clinging to the side of a parking garage? Or the years when the Boise Hole dominated the corner of 8th and Main streets?

Boise's Downtown has changed significantly over the last decade or so. It looks like changes in the next decade will be even more profound.

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Apr. 7, 2015

Idaho’s Biggest Cities Thrive, Develop, Flourish

Idaho has seen noticeable growth in the past decade and the prosperity continues today. Throughout the state cities are booming, but the Boise Valley tumphs all with expanision, success and development happening from seemingly every angle. Newsmax's list of '10 Biggest Cities in Idaho' overviews much more than the size of our beloved cities; almost half of the list falls within the Boise Valley, highlighting everything from endless recreation and opportunity to populations rising and afforable living. 

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May. 5, 2016

Strider Group Developing Spec Buildings

A Ketchum company is entering the Treasure Valley industrial real estate market with plans for a 60,000-square-foot building in an industrial park in Caldwell and 52,000-square-foot building at an industrial park on the east side of Boise.

Developer Strider Group LLC started buying and selling bank-owned commercial property about four years ago, said Scott Thomson, who manages real estate for the family-owned company. At its peak, the company owned about 200,000 square feet of commercial space with 10 or 15 properties around the state, Thompson said.

Now it’s venturing into industrial real estate construction. Strider is building both of its Treasure Valley structures on spec, with no tenants in mind.

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Jan. 2, 2015

A robust year in commercial real estate

Boise’s top commercial real estate houses all reported increased transactions for 2014, with Thornton Oliver Keller completing a record 550 transactions and Colliers International tallying a property management portfolio exceeding 6.5 million square feet.

“This year, the Boise commercial real estate market has kept pace with the overall robust U.S. economy,” said Tim Reid, managing director at Cushman & Wakefield|Commerce. “We can expect to see new entrants in the market as more national firms realize the strength of the Boise economy, with the resulting inflow of investment continuing to fuel growth in the market.”

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Oct. 29, 2015

Built in Boise: Healthcare Investment to Glassware with a Goal

by Built in Boise

The writers, photographers, designers, builders and business-owners at Built in Boise have delved into more Boise companies to share their stories and the people behind them. From healthcare investment to glassware with a goal, here is a roundup of profiles from October... 

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Dec. 10, 2015

Boise State Installs Solar Panels

by Brady W Moore, Boise State University

A section of roof on top of Boise State University’s Micron Business and Economics Building will soon harness the power of the sun. New solar panels being installed this month will have the capacity to produce 25 kilowatts of power, or the equivalent of energy used by about five households. 

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Oct. 31, 2016

Mother Earth Brew Is Up And Brewing In Nampa

Mother Earth Brew Co. started brewing beer in mid-September in Nampa at a retrofitted seed building that’s expected to produce the largest volume of beer in Idaho in 2017.

A 500-square-foot tasting room with capacity for 33 people opened at the brewery on Oct. 8.

Owner Daniel Love forecasts his 40-barrel Mueller four-vessel brew house will produce 7,000 to 10,000 barrels through the balance of 2016 and he anticipates 25,000 barrels for 2017, “fingers crossed.”

“Currently, the way I’m set up, I can do 60,000 barrels,” Love said, adding that future capacity in the 40,710-square-foot former Sygenta Seed building at the I-84 Industrial Park could reach 100,000 barrels a year.

Payette Brewing Co. is the largest Idaho brewer at 12,000 barrels a year. That total is projected to increase to 15,000 to 20,000 barrels in 2017, the first full year for Payette at its new downtown Boise brewery, owner Mike Francis said.

Mother Earth expanded to Idaho from the San Diego suburb of Vista, where the original Mother Earth will remain to serve the southern California and Arizona market. In Vista, Mother Earth has a 22,000-square-foot brewery and 6,000-square-foot tasting room.

But Daniel and Erin Love have sold their home in San Diego and now live in Eagle.

Beer from Nampa is already distributed in Idaho (100 Jacksons Food Stores, 24 Albertsons, 10 Fred Meyer stores and 250 rotating taps at bars), Oregon, Washington, northern California and Nevada. Expansion to any other states will also be handled from Nampa.

“We’re close on Colorado and Chicago,” Love said. “We’re working on Philadelphia, New York and Texas next year. We have a pretty good following in New York City. I don’t know how the beer gets there.

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Mar. 13, 2015

George’s Cycles Downtown Location Move and Expand

George's Cycles and Fitness will relocate two blocks west onto the corner of Front and Third streets. The 23,346 square-foot space includes a basement, which gives the company room to store more bicycles and expand in comparison to their current location. Renovations are expected to be completed in spring of 2016.

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Feb. 23, 2015

Esther Simplot Park planned for Spring 2016

The park, named after the wife of agriculture giant J.R. Simplot, is set to open in Spring of 2016. The 55-acre park will have 13 acres of open, grassy space, about 17 acres of connecting ponds for people to swim and fish, and "Friendship Island," where children and families can explore Boise's river habitat. The park will also include a playground with wood obstacles and interactive features to foster innovation and creativity. 

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Apr. 22, 2016

Rhodes Skatepark: Downtown Boise’s Skate Scene

Rhodes Skatepark

Originally designed in 1992, Glenn Rhodes created a multi-use skatepark with modular features. Redesigned in 2016 by Grindline Skateparks, Rhodes Park's 1.28 acres is now a skater's paradise. 

Jan. 29, 2015

Prime time for Downtown Boise

With a new skyscraper, a boom in craft brewing and the long-awaited arrival of Trader Joe's, Boise's major commercial district came out way ahead in 2014.

A total of 32 new retail businesses opened and 13 closed last year in Boise's core, according to the Downtown Boise Association.

"It's been a number of years now that we've had more in than out," said Karen Sander, executive director of the association.

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Nov. 1, 2014

JUMP Rises in Downtown Boise

Walking Tour of JUMP

A one-minute walkthrough of JUMP—or Jack’s Urban Meeting Place—from the Idaho Statesman. The not-for-profit, interactive creative center and community gathering place in the heart of downtown Boise is set for opening Fall 2015

Sep. 1, 2015

Bringing World-Class Skateboarding to Boise

If four wheels on a skateboard are more of your thing, then there is good news for you in Boise. A Boise city park is set to be reborn as a premier Northwest skateboarding destination. The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation has announced a partnership with the Boise Skateboard Association to turn the city’s Rhodes Park, located adjacent to Boise’s downtown, into a skater’s mecca. The plans, developed in conjunction with the City of Boise, include more than an acre of covered concrete skateable terrain. Designed by world-renowned Grindline Skateparks, the park will provide a place for Boise skaters of all ages and skating abilities to skate, socialize and relax.

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