Westside Projects UpdateFebruary 9, 2021
News Update on CCDC Projects in the Westside URD
The Westside includes a portion of the downtown core, a residential neighborhood to the west, and the burgeoning Linen District with an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. Read below for an update of current projects happening within the Westside Urban Renewal District.
11th Street Streetscape – Washington Street to Grove Street: These streetscape improvements are planned for construction in FY2022 in conjunction with the installation of the 11th Street Bikeway. To maximize public investment, the Agency is working closely with ACHD to include in the project scope ACHD planned pavement rehabilitation on 11th Street. An RFQ for a professional design team was issued and Jensen Belts Associates was selected as the design professional and a contract is currently being negotiated. Project Lead: Amy Fimbel
1111 Idaho St – 11th & Idaho Building – PP Type 2: This nine-story, Class A office building is being developed by Rafanelli and Nahas using the internationally recognized architecture firm Perkins + Will. The site is adjacent to the future Westside Urban Park and is being designed to complement the existing Boise Plaza office building on the adjacent block to the north. The development was designated as a Type 2 Participation Project in July 2019. The final agreement was presented to the Board in August 2019. Agency inspected the site on December 22, 2020. CCDC will reimburse the developers for public improvements being completed along Idaho and 11th streets. The reimbursement will be based on actual expenses and will not exceed $740,690. Project Lead: Alexandra Monjar
1015 W. Main Street – 11th and Main Apartments – PP Type 1: Seattle’s Revolve Development purchased part of the former Safari Inn at 1015 W. Main Street. Revolve is redeveloping the 11th and Main building, transforming it from a 43-room hotel into 41 residential apartments, mostly studio units. Additionally, a teak-wood lattice façade will be added onto the existing stucco exterior walls. The developer was approved for a Type 1 Participation Project at the Board’s July 2020 meeting to reimburse expenses to replace the 11th Street alley drive-ramp. The reimbursement will be based on actual expenses and will not exceed $23,000 pending final confirmed work scope. Exterior facade renovation is underway and interior renovation has begun. The Certificate of Occupancy is expected March 2021. Project Lead: Alexandra Monjar
1715 W. Idaho St – 17th and Idaho – Agency-Owned Property: 1715 W. Idaho was purchased by CCDC on July 1, 2020. On July 13, 2020, the CCDC Board of Commissioners authorized the Agency staff to work alongside a ‘Core Values Working Group’ to develop a RFQ-P for the site. On October 12 the Board approved the RFQ-P issuance. The final RFQ-P was published online on Tuesday, October 21, with a December 18, 2020, proposal submission deadline. The three proposals the Agency received were presented by their development teams at the January 11, 2021 Board Meeting, with further Board deliberation taking place at a Special Board Meeting on January 28, 2021. The project is on the Board’s February 8 meeting agenda as an Action Item. Project Lead: Brady Shinn
1010 W. Jefferson St – 10Ten Building – Agency-Owned Property: No significant maintenance items to report. The Agency’s CM/GC for the Westside Urban Park project will be using a portion of the adjacent parking lot for construction staging. Project Lead: Aaron Nelson
421 N. 10th St – Agency Owned Property: Inventory of stored items has been taken and recorded. Project Lead: Aaron Nelson.
Bannock Street Streetscape – 8th to 9th Streets: The City of Boise conducted a public meeting and an online survey to gauge public support of the proposed design. Feedback was evaluated. The City presented the project to ACHD during a Commission work session in November 2019 and to the ACHD Commission in January 2020 after which ACHD approved the design. The project received Design Review approval from the City in February 2020. The CCDC Board approved the contract for construction documents and construction administration services with Jensen Belts Associates and the ranking for CM/GC services in March 2020. The CM/GC contract with Guho Corp was executed in April. At a Special Board Meeting on July 27, 2020 the CCDC Board approved GMP (guaranteed maximum price) #1 with Guho Corp. Project is under construction and currently on schedule. Work on 8th Street is substantially complete and has been reopened to vehicle use. Guho Corp has started construction on Bannock with a project completion scheduled for June 2021. Project Lead: Karl Woods
1010 W. Main St – Avery Building – PP Type: This vacant, privately-owned building is currently undergoing renovation. CCDC has remained engaged with the developer and owner who is working on overall project financing. The developer is interested in utilizing the Agency’s Participation Program for historic preservation costs and anticipates submitting an application once the project completes its pre-development process. Project Lead: Brady Shinn
State Street Streetscape & Fiber-Optic Conduit: Agency staff negotiated an interagency agreement and a cost share permit with ACHD and the City to include improvements on State Street as part of a road project tentatively scheduled for 2022. Agency-funded improvements would include installation of a fiber-optic conduit bank on State between 8th and 14th, and construction of streetscape improvements to include street trees, Silva cells, and historic street lights from east of 12th to 14th streets. The Silva cells would serve a dual purpose of accommodating healthy street trees and managing stormwater from State Street. ACHD will credit CCDC for stormwater costs. The interagency agreement and cost share permit was approved by the CCDC Board at its December 2020 meeting. Project Lead: Zach Piepmeyer
Westside URD – Boundary Adjustment: The Westside URD boundary was amended to add an additional 14 acres that includes the Boise High School campus, the downtown YMCA property, as well as right of way on Franklin Street and 8th Street. This is a small but important geographical adjustment to an existing district. It expands the project area to create the ability for CCDC to assist the City and other stakeholders realize two bicycle mobility projects, as well as a historic preservation project and potential reinvestment in other important community services. The City Council accepted an eligibility report in June 2019 and directed CCDC to move forward with amending the plan. The Plan Amendment was reviewed by CCDC and City Planning & Zoning. The City Council adopted the plan amendment by Ordinance 45-20 on November 10. Three subsequent public readings of the ordinance concluded on December 1. Public notices and transmittals were sent to taxing districts and the final recording with Ada County occurred prior to calendar 2020 year-end. With the boundary adjustment process completed, CCDC will be able to begin work within the amendment area starting January 1, 2021. Project Lead: Doug Woodruff
ParkBOI – 10th & Front Garage – Agency Owned Property: This project is to stop corrosion of the reinforcing rebar in level 2 and extend the usable service life of the garage. After receiving only one bid–roughly 50% over available budget–from among three pre-qualified contractors, the Board rejected the bid at the December Board meeting and Agency staff worked with DESMAN to re-scope the project to bring it within budget. Staff published a formal invitation to bid on January 27, with bids due February 17. The project is targeting the March board meeting for approval. Project Lead: Aaron Nelson
North 8th Street – City/ACHD Traffic Configuration: A traffic and bike lane analysis performed by Kittleson & Associates and a design package by Jensen Belts Associates were presented to the City Council in January 2019. The City Council requested public outreach on the project. The City conducted a public meeting and an online survey to gauge public support of the proposed design. Feedback was evaluated. The City presented the project to ACHD’s Commission during a November 2019 work session. The Commission was receptive and asked for an interagency agreement for paving and for the project to be brought back for formal presentation. That presentation occurred in January 2020 after which ACHD approved the design. The project received Design Review approval from the City in February 2020. The CCDC Board approved the contract for construction documents and construction administration services with Jensen Belts Associates in March 2020. The Agency has been working to accelerate the project timeline to complete construction in 2020. Construction documents were submitted to the City and ACHD for permit review. At a Special Board meeting on July 27, 2020 the GMP (guaranteed maximum price) #1 with Guho Corp. Construction was approved. Project is under construction and is currently on schedule. Work on 8th Street is substantially complete and has been reopened to vehicle use. Project Lead: Karl Woods
11th Street & Bannock Street – Westside Urban Park: The City Council approved the Westside Urban Park Master Development Agreement and associated land agreement in June 2019. The completion of these agreements formalizes a public-private partnership that will result in the creation of a new downtown neighborhood urban park. This public investment complements construction of the adjacent 11th and Idaho development, a nine-story, Class A office building with retail/restaurant space fronting the park. Construction on the office tower began in August 2019 and is expected to be complete in 2021. CCDC Board, Boise Arts & History Commission, and Boise City Council have approved artist Matthew Mazzotta’s “Gentle Breeze” design and the public artwork will be installed in conjunction with the park. CCDC Board approved the GMP (guaranteed maximum price) at the September 14 CCDC Board meeting and construction of the park began October 20, 2020 with ribbon cutting estimated in July 2021. Project Lead: Amy Fimbel