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River-Myrtle/Old Boise URD Projects Update

March 14, 2022

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News Update on CCDC Projects in the River-Myrtle/Old Boise URD

The city’s largest district, River-Myrtle/Old Boise is made up of two distinct zones: the areas adjacent to the Boise River, public parks, and the historic downtown section known as Old Boise.


Economic Development

5th & Front Streets – Hotel and Parking Garage – PP Type 3, 5:  Installation of the public art piece approved for reimbursement, “Pale Blue Dot,” is expected to be complete by August 2022.Project Lead: Alexandra Monjar

CW Moore Park Improvements – Type 4 Partnership with Boise Parks:  This partnership with City Parks and Recreation will provide upgrades to CW Moore Park. The Agency is working with Parks to help fund the improvements, not to exceed $200,000. The project will be presented to the Board in March for T4 Agreement Designation.  Project Lead: Karl Woods

1103 West Lee Street – 11th and Lee – PP Type 4: The Agency is negotiating final terms and coordination of work scope with the Developer for this missing middle housing project, which overlaps with CCDC’s 11th Street Bikeway project. An Agreement will be presented for the Board’s approval in April or May. Project Lead: Alexandra Monjar




“Rebuilding 11th Street” – Redevelopment of the 11th Street Corridor – State Street to Grove Street:  This project combines the installation of bikeway infrastructure, streetscape improvements, ACHD-planned pavement rehabilitation, and stormwater infrastructure upgrades. A full report is located under the Westside District. Project Lead: Amy Fimbel

RMOB Closeout Inventory and Analysis: This project will identify locations where streetscape infrastructure repairs or upgrades are needed to address minor deficiencies, deterioration or hazards within the streetscapes of existing rights-of-way.  CCDC contracted with Stack Rock Group to perform the district-wide assessment of current conditions and to identify locations in need of improvements. Locations identified through this effort will be prioritized to inform the programming of closeout project work prior to RMOB sunset.  Project Lead:  Zach Piepmeyer




5th St & 6th St Two-Way Conversion: CCDC is assisting the City of Boise with this high-priority project to convert the two one-way corridors to two-way vehicle travel.  ACHD previously conducted feasibility studies and performed concept level design work prior to 2019.  CCDC will assist the City by managing the Final Design, agency approval and construction processes.  A cost share with ACHD will be required to complete design, outreach and construction work for portions of these corridors located outside of URD boundaries. CCDC staff is currently coordinating with ACHD, City of Boise, State of Idaho (Dept. of Admin) and ITD staff on project scope and anticipates final design work by a consultant to begin in spring 2022.  Project Lead: Zach Piepmeyer

5th St & Myrtle St – Signalized Crossing: This project anticipates installing a traffic signal on Myrtle Street at the 5th Street intersection to provide a safe crossing between Julia Davis Park and the Central Addition and to extend the signal-coordinated traffic calming of Myrtle Street. Kittelson & Associates completed a traffic signal warrant analysis for this project, which CCDC submitted to the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) on July 15, 2021, with a formal request to allow signalization of the intersection. ITD reviewed the request and is not supportive of a signal at this intersection due to the proximity of other crossing locations along the corridor and that sufficient signal warrants are not currently met at 5th & Myrtle. Project Lead: Zach Piepmeyer


Place Making


Grove Street Old Boise Blocks – Multi-Block Improvement Project:  CCDC conducted an inclusive, community-driven visioning process to develop a place-making strategy for this site. The process began in June 2020 with a series of stakeholder visioning meetings to create a community-supported vision for the area. The public had several opportunities to engage in the visioning process through summer and fall 2020. The Agency presented the visioning documents to the Board at its December 14, 2020 meeting. The Agency selected Jensen Belts Associates in February as the Landscape Architect of Record for the project. The Board approved the ranking of Guho Corp. as the selected Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) for the project at the April Board meeting.  Stakeholder meetings are complete, and the project presented to City Council in July 2021. CCDC received a draft memo from the City, which proposed tasks and a road map to gain design review approval for the project. CCDC has responded to the memo and is awaiting a reply from the City. While awaiting the response, CCDC is preparing for a Design Review submission.  Project Lead: Karl Woods

Linen Blocks – W. Grove Street Improvements:  This project assesses the Linen Blocks on Grove Street between 10th and 16th Streets for catalytic infrastructure improvements. CCDC conducted an inclusive, community-driven visioning process for the project from September 2020 to June 2021. The process included a series of stakeholder visioning meetings and public surveys and resulted in a final visioning document. GGLO started design in July 2021 and submitted a Design Review application to the City in December 2021. GGLO plans to have a completed design by December 2022. The Board approved Guho Corp. as the selected CM/GC for the project at the October 2021 Board Meeting. Guho anticipates starting construction summer 2022 with an advanced sewer package with construction of the full improvements to follow in 2023. Project Lead: Amy Fimbel

Boise City Canal Pathway – 3rd Street to Broadway:  As identified in the recently adopted 2022 City of Boise Pathway Master Plan, this project anticipates constructing a non-motorized, multi-use pathway generally aligned with the Grove Street corridor, connecting 3rd Street to Broadway Avenue at the recently installed enhanced pedestrian crossing to Dona Larsen Park. As recommended in the 2020 Old Boise Blocks Visioning Report, pedestrian activation and connectivity through the Grove Street corridor (including connectivity to Broadway Avenue) is important to stakeholders and the public. The project will include concept work (i.e. alternatives analysis), public outreach, final design, and construction.  Because no continuous public right-of-way exists within which to construct the pathway, close coordination and cooperation with adjacent property owners will be important.  CCDC has initiated preliminary discussions with property owners and agency partners and is developing an RFQ for design-related services.  Consultant selection and design work anticipated to begin spring 2022. Project Lead: Zach Piepmeyer

Fulton Street Improvements – 9th Street to Capitol Blvd:  This project will improve Fulton Street between 9th Street and Capitol Boulevard.  CCDC selected The Land Group to perform consultant design services for the project.  The design team previewed draft concept alternatives with the CCDC Board in December 2021 and with the City of Boise in January 2022.  CCDC completed public outreach on the draft alternatives in February 2022 with selection of a preferred alternative anticipated in spring 2022.  Project Lead: Zach Piepmeyer

Special Projects

RMOB Public Art – City of Boise Broad Street Sculpture – PP Type 4:  The Arts & History Commission approved the design in October 2020. CCDC supported the project through funding and involvement in the selection process.  Fabrication of the sculpture is complete and Arts & History has decided to store the sculpture until the completion of the Ovation Apartment construction to avoid potential damage to the sculpture.  Project Lead: Karl Woods