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.