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Your chance to tell Boise how City Hall should look

Before the city of Boise starts an overhaul of the plaza in front of City Hall, leaders want to know what the public thinks. 

Boise will hold an open house-style event Wednesday in the plaza to show people some ideas of what other cities have done and get public feedback on how city government's headquarters should look. 

The event goes from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday. It will include organized discussions starting at 1 p.m. and again at the top of every hour. Children ages 12 and under will be invited to draw posters of what they envision for the plaza. The kid who draws the best poster will win two all-day passes to Roaring Springs.

Over the past several years, Boise has been in the process of renovating City Hall to bring it up to building code. Changes so far include a new lobby and third-floor meeting space. The plaza overhaul is the last phase of that project.

No matter how the plaza ends up being decorated, it needs structural work to meet seismic codes and to repair leaks that are letting water drip into a parking structure below the plaza, according to the city's public works department.

The plaza facelift will include an art installment by CTY Studios and Ecosystem Sciences, a team whose concept won approval of a special selection panel for the project, the City Council and the board of commissioners for Boise's urban renewal agency, Capital City Development Corporation.