Central District Improvements
The Boise Central Urban Renewal District sunsetted in FY2018. At that time, CCDC stopped collecting tax revenue allocations for the district and ceased making public improvements therein. Considering the impending district sunset and need for repairs and minor improvements, the Agency budgeted approximately $580,000 in FY17 to improve 8th Street (from Bannock to Main) and $868,400 in FY18 to make repairs throughout the Central District.
CCDC staff completed a physical assessment of all 42 block faces in the Central District, which documented the existing conditions, targets deficiencies, proposes improvements, and estimates the cost of each proposed repair/improvement at that time. Needed repairs and desired improvements were cataloged in a field report. This included items such as: brick pavement repair, tree grate replacement, updating furnishings, enhancing pedestrian ramps, and improving loading zones. The streetscapes and other public improvements in this district are up to 30 years old and some areas were in need of repair. Downtown growth is also changing how public space is used in the district, creating a need for some design enhancements and minor improvements to existing public spaces such as 8th Street.
Additionally, the alleyways between 9th and Capitol were re-paved and updated as part of the construction.
Construction began in spring of 2018 and was completed by September 2018.
The Project Manager for this project is Doug Woodruff.
8th Street, Main Street to Idaho Street
Bollards and concrete paving have been completed at 8th and Main Street, as well as the loading area at the Zion’s Bank Building. Demolition will begin on the Idaho Street side on Monday April 16th with bollards and concrete paving being completed by the end of next week. Guho will also continue rebuilding the corners to meet ADA standards, as well as the furnishing zone on the East side. This portion of the project should be complete by the middle of May.
8th Street, Idaho Street to Bannock Street
Crews have made significant progress over the last couple weeks. All the sidewalk work should be completed by April 20th. Guho will have to interrupt the sidewalks again as we rebuild the alley approaches along with the alley project. While installing the bollards on Main St, many surprises were discovered underground that complicated the installation. Guho is unable to install the bollards and keep half the road open as originally planned. This section of 8th Street will need to be closed to complete the bollard installation. This work will be overlapped with the alley construction, specific dates are forthcoming. There will be a temporary delivery zone created on Idaho Street during this time to help maintain delivery areas.
Freak, and Union Alley Construction
Guho has received all required permits and are ready to start the alley construction phase. They will be starting with Freak Alley; minor construction activity will start Monday April 16th. Full alley closure and major construction will begin Wednesday, April 18th. Please see attached logistics plan for temporary trash and recycling locations and additional closures. Click to view: Freak Alley Map
Please don’t hesitate to contact Guho Corp at
208-939-8850 with any concerns.