Fresh on the opening of its Eighth and Main Tower, Gardner Company is poised to push forward with its next big plan— construction of a multi-modal transit facility below the U.S. Bank Building and the Grove Plaza.
Gardner officials are set to stand before the city of Boise's Design Review Committee on Wednesday, May 7, when they'll ask for approval to build an underground transit facility at the southeast corner of 8th and Main Street. They're also asking for design review approval for two multistory commercial buildings to be constructed above the transit facility on either side of the U.S. Bank Building, which will house new corporate headquarters for Clearwater Analytics and an expansion of new convention and meeting space for the Boise Centre, owned by the Greater Boise Auditorium District.
"A below-grade location under the new building will provide for eight bus stops, conditioned space for ticketing and waiting as well as a police sub-station," wrote Darin Bell, of Babcock Design Group, in the application. "Pedestrians will access the transit station through glass doors opening from Eighth and Main down escalators."
Additionally, planners are hoping to add restaurant and retail operations on the ground-level spaces of the new structures.
Gardner officials said that as they observed Valley Regional Transit's current utilization of 12 bus stops along Main and Idaho streets, "it became obvious, that if possible, retaining transit facilities at this location but in a subterranean configuration was desirable. While there are many in the community who will continue to utilize transit out of need, we are seeing more and more people who utilize transit as a transportation choice. As the owner of both Eighth and Main and the U.S. Bank Plaza, we embrace transit as benefiting our tenants and their customers."
The May 7th Design Review Committee meeting is set for 6 p.m. at Boise City Hall.