Boise & Garden City

GBAD appeals Boise Centre expansion case to Idaho Supreme Court

The Greater Boise Auditorium District’s board of directors voted 3-1 Thursday to pursue their attempt to finance an expansion of Boise Centre by using the city’s urban renewal agency as a pass-through for a loan.

Commissioner Steve Berch cast the dissenting vote.

The district’s vote comes in response to Judge Lynn Norton’s denial of the pass-through late last month. It’s unclear how or when the district will pursue its appeal of Norton’s ruling.

Boise Centre is a convention venue owned and operated by the district. City Center Plaza, the project that includes its expansion, is under construction on the north and east sides of the Grove Plaza in Downtown Boise.

Norton’s ruling was the second denial in seven months of the auditorium district’s request to pay for the $21 million expansion with a series of one-year leases that reduce the amount owed on the loan one payment at a time.