Boise & Garden City

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

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.

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.

Erin Fenner: 208-377-6207, @erinfenner