LET THE DIGGING BEGIN! GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR CITY CENTER PLAZA HELD JULY 1
Several hundred people braved the hot summer weather on Tuesday, July 1 to help celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for the new City Center Plaza. The Gardner Company project, located near the intersection of Main Street and Capitol Boulevard, includes the construction of an underground multimodal transit center for ValleyRide buses, and additional office, retail, meeting and convention space. Construction is expected to be completed in summer 2016.
HISTORY OF THE MULTIMODAL CENTER
The Valley Regional Transit Board of Directors on May 8th approved the final agreements needed before construction can begin on the planned downtown Boise multimodal center. The documents approved by the Board were:
- the cooperative agreement with the Ada County Highway District for transfer and conveyance of property and easements.
- an agreement with the Capital City Development Corporation to provide the local funding match and the donation of subsurface property.
VRT has partnered with Gardner Company to develop the downtown Boise multimodal center as part of a mixed-use project near the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Main Street to the west and south of the U.S. Bank Building. The multimodal center, which will be built underground, will provide a hub for buses, bicyclists and pedestrians; access to shuttles and taxis; and a place to purchase bus passes and find information about public transportation services..
The Boise Design Review Committee on May 7th approved Gardner Company's plans for the proposed City Center Plaza.
The VRT Board action came two weeks after the Federal Transit Administration issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) after reviewing the environmental assessment submitted for the proposed downtown Boise multimodal center.
VRT is working with Gardner Company to develop the downtown Boise multimodal center as part of a mixed-use project near the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Main Street on the west side of the U.S. Bank Building. The center, which will be built underground, will provide a hub for buses, bicyclists and pedestrians; access to shuttles and taxis; and a place to purchase bus passes and find information about public transportation services.
The downtown Boise Transit Mall covers a five-block area on Main and Idaho Street. The Main Street section of the transit mall was closed in May 2014 due to the construction of the City Center Plaza.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded Valley Regional Transit $9.5 million in federal funds to build the downtown Boise multimodal center in 2006. VRT anticipates the multimodal center will cost $11.9 million to build. Boise's Capital City Development Corporation is providing an additional $2.4 million in local funds.
To learn more about the multimodal center project, visit our Downtown Boise Multimodal Center information page.