Sunday, March 15, 2015

Options Surface for Boise's City Center Plaza or 'Grove Plaza 2.0'

Posted By on Sun, Mar 15, 2015 at 9:32 AM

Boise Weekly first reported in December 2014 on "Grove Plaza 2.0," the concept of what Boise's Grove Plaza might look like once the massive City Center Plaza project is complete. CCP will be framed by a renovated U.S. Bank Plaza, a new nine-story Clearwater Building, a new convention and meeting facility to complement the Boise Centre and a subterranean transit facility, recently dubbed "Main Street Station."

"So, we've started a process with our neighbors to consider upgrades to the user experience that has been there for 30 years, but we want to enhance that going forward," Capital City Development Corporation Executive Director John Brunelle told BW in December.

Now, some options have surfaced and on Tuesday, March 17, the Boise City Council will be briefed on the Grove upgrades.

According to internal memos, the Council will learn of three so-called "chartering options:" evolving the Grove into an "event space," a "hybrid event/public space" or a "public focus space."

Here are some highlights:

The "event space" focus would feature a new concourse, permanent so-called "media poles" with performance lighting and audio, a new stage orientation for early evening events, a portable stage in front of Century Link Arena for performances, and a Jumbotron screen for music events and movies.

The "hybrid public/event space" focus would feature a permanent canopy at the entrance to Century Link Arena, as well as the aforementioned stage orientation, Jumbotron and media poles.

The "public space" focus would feature a redesigned fountain including reprogrammed water effects, more trees, along with the aforementioned stage orientation and Jumbotron.

Designers say all options would include repaving the entire plaza, new high-performance lighting, movable tables and chairs, and a redesigned water fountain.

After getting input from the city, stakeholders say they're prepared to meet in early April to finalize a plan for CCDC approval.

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