Boiseans gather for City Center Plaza groundbreaking, World Cup viewing party

A host of politicians, bureaucrats, businesspeople and other dignitaries turned symbolic golden shovels Tuesday.

sberg@idahostatesman.comJuly 2, 2014 

City Center Plaza: A project on U.S. Bank Plaza between Capitol Boulevard and Main, 9th and Front streets. It will be the headquarters for tech firm Clearwater Analytics and house part of Boise State University's computer science department. It will serve as an expansion of the Greater Boise Auditorium District's convention center, Boise Centre, and include space for restaurants and covered parking. An underground public transportation hub will lie beneath it.

Developer: Gardner Co., which built Idaho's tallest building, Eighth & Main.

Expected cost: $80 million.

Financing: U.S. Bank

Expected construction period: July 2014 to spring 2016.

Construction jobs: About 250.

Dignitaries at the groundbreaking: Big names on hand included Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, Gov. Butch Otter and U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, as well as representatives of the Federal Transit Administration, Boise State University, Clearwater Analytics and, of course, Gardner.

Afterwards, a party: Gardner Co. invited Boiseans to attend a World Cup viewing party at The Grove, and a crowd turned out to root as the U.S. team lost a close game in overtime.

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