Boise & Garden City

Downtown Boise transit center, event venue construction delayed

The Clearwater Building between the U.S. Bank Building and the north spoke of Downtown Boise’s Grove Plaza is complete. Labor shortages have delayed other components of the City Center Plaza project.
The Clearwater Building between the U.S. Bank Building and the north spoke of Downtown Boise’s Grove Plaza is complete. Labor shortages have delayed other components of the City Center Plaza project. kjones@idahostatesman.com

Labor shortages have pushed back completion of City Center Plaza, a multi-use project on the north and east sides of the Grove Plaza, Tommy Ahlquist, chief operating officer for Gardner Co., the developer that’s overseeing the project, said Tuesday.

The Clearwater Building on the southeast corner of 8th and Main streets is complete, Ahlquist said. It includes space for Boise State University, restaurants, office space for Boise tech firm Clearwater Analytics and meeting space for Greater Boise Auditorium District, which owns event venue Boise Centre on the opposite side of the Grove.

But the main piece of the auditorium district’s expansion, a new ballroom with an industrial kitchen and other associated space, will have to wait three weeks, Ahlquist said. Right now, he said, crews are putting the finishing touches like ceiling tiles and carpet in what will be known as Boise Centre East.

The same goes for Main Street Station, a public transportation hub that lies under the east side of the Grove. The expected opening date is Sept. 26, said Mark Carnopis, spokesman for Valley Regional Transit, the public transportation authority that owns the station.

Main Street Station’s opening was originally scheduled for late August, as was the completion of Boise Centre East. But the hot commercial construction market in Boise and the rest of the Treasure Valley has put Gardner and its contractors in competition for workers, Ahlquist said.

“It’s a market where there’s just a lot going on, and in the skilled trades, there’s only so many workers,” he said.

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