Community-driven infrastructure and placemaking improvements that support economic vitality and a stronger, more connected neighborhood.
Construction Status as of September 15th
On the south side of Grove St between 11th and 12th streets, crews will be pouring the curb and gutter, sidewalk, and bike lane. Pedestrian access to businesses such as Diamond Girls, Felangi Salon, Terra Nova Technologies, Hi-Tech Color, and the Boise Presbyterian Church will remain open. Between 10th and 11th streets, crews will be installing silva cells adjacent to The Sparrow project on the north side of the block.
- 12th St between Front St and Main St will be closed to thru traffic. Vehicles will be able to access businesses on 12th St, however they will not be able to drive through the 12th and Grove intersection.
- Grove St between 10th St to 13th St will be closed. Businesses on Grove St between 11th St and 12th will be able to use the alley and exit onto 11th St. Access to the One Nineteen Condominiums will remain open from 10th St.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Detours:
- Pedestrian detours will be changing frequently due to the nature of the work occurring. Please follow the detour signs in place and pay close attention to your surroundings.
- Cyclists will be detoured to alternate bike lane routes on 15th St, 16th St, Jefferson St and River St.
About the Project
The Linen Blocks on Grove Street, between 10th and 16th Streets, is uniquely situated between downtown Boise and surrounding neighborhoods to the west. The area has experienced two distinct transitions from its industrial roots. It has evolved from a working-class, industrial neighborhood to an automotive-focused corridor with gas stations and repair shops, some of which are still present today. Now the district is distinguished by its eclectic mix of local businesses, artists, shops, and sidewalk cafes on the west end of Grove and numerous new developments on its east end.
Capital City Development Corp. (CCDC) is continuing this evolution by fulfilling our community’s expressed desire for improvements and enhancements along Grove Street that will foster the existing energy while also paying homage to the area’s history. The project will make large-scale improvements to the streetscapes by adding trees and native plantings, improving and widening sidewalks, and incorporating public art. This will create a more comfortable experience for diners, visitors, and customers.
The project will also make improvements to the roadway while reallocating space to accommodate an all-ages, all-abilities protected bikeway. These improvements will better connect the Linen Blocks and surrounding neighborhoods to downtown while increasing customer access to businesses on Grove Street, whether they arrive by foot, bike, or vehicle.
For project specific questions or concerns, please contact CCDC Project Manager Amy Fimbel.
Frequently Asked Questions
The primary goal for this construction project is to make improvements to the street, intersections, and decades-old sidewalks to provide safer, less congested travel options for customers. Through these improvements, Rebuild Linen Blocks on Grove Street intends to maintain and support the existing character of the area. The addition of continuous and distinct streetscapes and placemaking elements will build off this existing energy and better connect the area to downtown, while paying homage to the area’s history.
Grove Street between 10th and 16th Streets remains one of the last unimproved streets in downtown Boise. Currently, sidewalks, on-street parking, streetscapes, and bike facilities are inconsistent and don’t provide a safe, comfortable experience for users. CCDC identified Grove Street as an area where public improvements could greatly enhance an already unique and successful area.
Additionally, ACHD identified the roadway along Grove Street as needing repairs. The two agencies formed inter-agency partnership enabling CCDC to make the roadway improvements along Grove Street through a single contractor. By combining these various projects into one effort, we reduce the impact to surrounding businesses.
Yes! Throughout the phases of construction, the project team will ensure that businesses are accessible with ample detour signage and construction safety barriers. Additionally, the team will work to limit noise, dust and disruption as much as possible during business hours.
- Improvements to the street, intersections, and decades-old sidewalks to provide safer, less congested travel options for customers.
- CCDC is reallocating space in the street to build an all-ages, all-abilities protected bikeway. Grove Street is a key connection in the City’s low-stress bicycle network and enhancing the bike facilities will better connect surrounding neighborhoods to downtown.
- Continuous and distinct streetscapes and placemaking elements will build off this existing energy and better connect the area to downtown, while paying homage to the area’s history.
Streetscapes refer to the design of our urban public right-of-ways including sidewalks, streets and crossings. This project will make improvements such as increased lighting and street trees, added furnishings like bike racks, planters, and trash receptacles, and expanded sidewalks. All these enhancements create an attractive and inviting neighborhood and can help spur local economic activity.
Renderings, Images, and Reports
- Grove Street Historical Findings by Stevens Historical Research
- Linen Blocks on Grove Street | Phase I: Visioning: Preliminary Findings Report
- Linen Blocks on Grove Street – Redevelopment Strategy Vision Report
- Design Advisory Committee Meeting #1 Recording – August 11, 2021
- Virtual Open House Session 1 – September 22, 2021 @ 12:00PM
- Virtual Open House Session 2 – September 22, 2021 @ 6:00PM
- October 2021 Public Survey Summary
- Design Advisory Committee Meeting #3 Recording – November 3, 2021
- Preferred Concept Design