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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Mar. 24, 2016

Hot Cities for Cool Downtown Meetings

Petula Clark was right. The lights are much brighter downtown, where you can also forget all your troubles and forget all your cares. The 1965 Grammy Award-winning song, “Downtown,” still resonates loudly today, for good reason.

Downtowns are cool again. America’s city centers may have lost some luster throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, but they have come back with a vengeance.

“Boise is delightfully convenient for busy travelers. From our airport, where you can sample local food and drink, it’s just a 10-minute cab, Uber or shuttle ride to downtown. Once there, visitors might not need to use a car for the remainder of their trip. The Boise Centre, our meeting facility, is in the heart of downtown, just a few minutes’ walk from several Boise hotels, and is expanding with an additional 36,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space by September 2016. And if visitors are planning ahead, they can anticipate more lodging options in the coming years. Boise is experiencing a hotel boom, with at least four new projects underway in the city’s core. From the doorsteps of the convention center, Boise offers dozens of new and revered restaurant options, brew pubs and cafes, as well as a growing wine scene. Need a break? Hop on a Boise Bike Share bicycle and cover even more ground in our compact, welcoming city.” - Carrie Westergard, executive director, Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Jan. 28, 2016

Downtown Groundbreakings

Photo by City of Boise Mayor's Office

Mayor Bieter and other local business leaders took part in two groundbreaking ceremonies yesterday.  The first was for a new Hyatt Place hotel with PEG Development and Rafanelli & Nehas -- a great new downtown hotel at the corner of Bannock and 10th streets.

The second was Local Construct's groundbreaking for the Fowler, a beautiful mixed use development at 401 S 5th Street, in the City of Boise's LIV District. Its 159 environmentally-friendly, walkable residences (along with a number of other downtown residential projects underway).

These two new projects are the latest in more than $1 billion in projects recently completed or underway in downtown Boise.

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Aug. 2, 2016

Why Companies Are Moving Back Downtown

Tax incentives aren't always the best way to lure businesses. Many are simply going where the talent is.

Ryan Woodings owns a 15-person tech startup in Boise, Idaho.

His company, MetaGeek, specializes in helping businesses fix and maintain their Wi-Fi systems. Or, as the website puts it, “making Wi-Fi more awesome for more people.”

MetaGeek did what a lot of companies are doing these days. It moved downtown. The student interns are now able to bike over to the office between classes. In the afternoons, MetaGeek employees can take walks on the nearby greenbelt that runs through town along the Boise River. If they want to bike home, the city runs a bicycle rental program and has an expanding network of dedicated bike lanes. “Downtown Boise is where everything is,” Woodings says. “When you have a lunch meeting, or get coffee with a client, it’s always downtown.”

MetaGeek is one of several tech companies that have put down roots recently in the center of Boise. Last summer, Boise State moved its computer science department downtown so that it could be closer to students’ potential employers. And Boise isn’t unusual. In cities across the country, businesses are trying to capitalize on the increasing density of tech talent clustered in the heart of cities.

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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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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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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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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. 

Sep. 30, 2016

Downtown Nampa: Be A Part of Something Bigger

Downtown Nampa

Downtown Nampa has a plethora of things to do and events to attend. You never know the hidden charm until you experience it for yourself.

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

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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Jan. 4, 2017

A New Year, New Downtown Boise Projects

If 2016 was the "year of the cranes" in Boise, with construction projects running full-tilt across the downtown core, 2017 could well be the "year of the ribbons," with a steady stream of grand openings.

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Mar. 7, 2016

Boise Ranked #6 Best Downtown

Livability recently released their 2016 Top Downtowns list and Boise ranks at #6.

"Downtown Boise bustles with activity, as thousands of people come to dine in unique restaurants, enjoy a range of cultural venues and let loose in nightclubs."

"Boise's high-tech employers don't have to do much coaxing to attract talented workers. Young professionals and families find a perfect mix of small-town charm and hip urban playground in Downtown Boise. Boise River winds through the southern side of the downtown area, separating Boise State University from the rest of town. The Idaho State Capitol building, which draws tourists from across the region, is considered a jewel among Boise’s architecture. Residents find many things to do in Boise. The cultural district extends from the Idaho State House to the Boise Art Museum, and encompasses a collection of public art, galleries and performance venues, including the legendary Egyptian Theatre. One of the last remaining relics of the movie palace era, the theater hosts live performances, such as concerts, comedy shows and dances, and movie screenings. A long lineup of bars, pubs and saloons offers more live performance experiences, opportunities to dance and, of course, explore the libations Boise bartenders mix up."

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Jan. 24, 2017

Balsam Brands Expands Presence in Downtown Boise

by Balsam Brands

Balsam Brands, best-known for their flagship brand, Balsam Hill, the leading-brand of artificial Christmas trees, has announced that they will be opening an office in the historic Union Block building located in downtown Boise later this summer.  Prior to moving in, the company plans to update and restore the space with special details that will honor the history and unique characteristic of the building.

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Feb. 25, 2016

Downtown Boise Experiencing Unprecedented Construction Boom

Downtown Boise has never seen a boom like this one. Old-timers talk about the Grove Plaza-centric boom of the late 1980s and ’90s, when the Wells Fargo building, Grove Hotel, Boise Centre and other Downtown cornerstones came out of the ground. In some ways, that growth spurt was more important than what’s going on now. It set the template for what Boise’s urban core would look like.

But in terms of square footage, this era is unprecedented. Depending on where you draw Downtown’s boundaries, anywhere between seven and 15 major projects are under construction or in the planning phase. “I’ve been here for 23 years. Downtown sort of goes through clusters of activity, but nothing like what we’ve got now,” city of Boise planning director Hal Simmons said.

Simmons expects Downtown development to stay hot. He pointed to major projects in the works, including the expansion of St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center’s downtown campus and developer Clay Carley’s proposed apartment building on the southwest corner of 5th and Idaho streets. Simmons also expects to see more projects in the Central Addition area between Capitol Boulevard, Myrtle Street, Broadway and Front Street.

 

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Mar. 14, 2016

Downtown Boise

Downtown Boise - work. play. dine. live. shop. stay.

Downtown Boise: Work, Play, Dine, Live, Shop, Stay

Jan. 5, 2016

Slideshow: Get a First Look at Payette Brewing’s Huge New Downtown Boise Facility

Payette Brewing's downtown Boise brewing facility, now under construction at the intersection of Pioneer and River streets, is titanic. At 32,000 square feet, it's big enough for mid-size passenger plane manufacturing. It will open with a 40,000-barrel production capacity and if the owners want, they can expand to 100,000 barrels. It's big.

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Apr. 12, 2015

Gardner’s next big idea for Downtown Boise: A big hotel. And maybe a soccer stadium.

A lot of dominoes fell into place over the past two years to make the Gardner Co.’s new Downtown Boise project possible. First, the economy has been recovering from the Great Recession. Gardner finished the Eighth & Main building, Idaho’s tallest structure, early last year.

A few months later, the Utah-based developer started construction of City Center Plaza, a project whose plans include office, restaurant, meeting and parking space, an underground bus station and an expansion of Boise Centre, the Greater Boise Auditorium District’s convention venue.

Now, Gardner COO Tommy Ahlquist has fixed his eye on Parcel B, the five acres immediately west of the JUMP lot. Ahlquist said he’s sure Gardner will build a 300-room, full-service hotel on Parcel B.The other thing he wants, but is less sure of, might be more impressive: a stadium with up to 5,000 seats that would be the home field for a future Boise minor league soccer team.  

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Aug. 11, 2015

New 152-Room Hyatt Hotel Announced for Downtown Boise

by Admin

PEG Development, in conjunction with Rafanelli & Nehas, released plans for a 152-room hotel set to be located at 1024 W. Bannock St. in downtown Boise called Hyatt Place. The project is expected to take 13 months and is anticipating a November groundbreaking. 

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