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After 2 years of work, Boise’s Grove Plaza, nearby buildings are all open

Take a look inside the new Boise Centre expansion

The expansion of Boise Centre began opening for public use in October. There's still a lot of work to be done before it's complete, but you can take a peek inside.
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The expansion of Boise Centre began opening for public use in October. There's still a lot of work to be done before it's complete, but you can take a peek inside.

The Grove and the buildings around it are still under construction, but they’ll open to the public as of Thursday.

City Center Plaza includes the Clearwater Building, the newly expanded Boise Centre, Main Street Station and Boise State’s new computer science department building. Gardner Co. and various public officials will mark their opening with a 3:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, followed by free food and live music on The Grove.

The Boise Centre expansion has an additional 38,000 square feet of event and conference space, said Mary-Michael Rodgers, communications manager for Boise Centre. It includes a new ballroom, meeting rooms, a full kitchen for catering services and audio-visual services, she said.

The expansion should bring revenue into Downtown Boise, she said.

“Coming this fall we’ll have additional conferences and events with visitors coming to our city who spend money on hotels, restaurants, transportation,” Rodgers said.

In July 2015, Idaho Statesman reporter Sven Berg climbed the 310-foot crane at City Center Plaza from the depths of the future Main Street Station to one of the highest vantage points in Boise. Come along with Sven and ESI project engineer Adam Jo

The Grove, which is still under construction, will be ready for foot traffic in late November and the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony is still planned to take place in the plaza’s center.

The area is already bustling with pedestrian activity. Boise State already set up its computer science program in the Clearwater Building this summer, and claims about 50,000 square feet for about 700 students, 11 faculty and 16 graduate assistants.

The new transit center, Main Street Station, is one floor underground and will be open for service starting Monday, said Rhonda Jalbert, development director for Valley Regional Transit.

The center has its own ticket terminal, an indoor waiting area, eight bays for multiple Valley Ride bus lines, bicycle storage, restrooms and a Boise Police Department satellite office.

Main Street Station will have eight bays for ValleyRide buses. Additional bus space will be available on Main Street between 9th Street and the station’s exit ramp.

Erin Fenner: 208-377-6207, @erinfenner

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