FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/17/2016
THE GROVE PLAZA RE-OPENS FOR HOLIDAY SEASON
The renovation of The Grove Plaza, Boise’s popular downtown gathering place, is ahead of schedule, and a portion has re-opened for public use in preparation for several holiday events. Capital City Development Corporation (CCDC), owners of The Grove Plaza, arranged the construction schedule to allow maximum public access during the holiday season. Fences in the hub and west spoke have been removed for the first time since May of 2015.
“Our general contractor and all the subcontractors have done an outstanding job on this project for CCDC,” said John Brunelle, executive director of Boise’s redevelopment agency. “We’re pleased to re-open early so everyone can celebrate holiday events in the heart of downtown and enjoy the new and improved plaza.”
Boise’s holiday tree was placed in The Grove Plaza earlier this week and is being prepared for the Downtown Boise Association’s Holiday Tree lighting ceremony scheduled for Friday, Nov. 25, at 5:30 p.m. The Idaho Foodbank’s Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held on The Grove Plaza on Nov. 25, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Saint Alphonsus Festival of Trees will take place at Boise Centre, Nov. 22 through 28.
There is still some construction taking place on and around The Grove Plaza that will impact the public. Construction on the Boise Centre to connect their new and existing buildings with an elevated concourse will cause periodic closures of the pedestrian walkway between Front Street and the central plaza (the south spoke).
CCDC’s contractor, McAlvain Construction, will complete remaining improvements to the south spoke after Boise Centre’s work is complete. That final phase of construction is scheduled to be complete in June 2017, in time for the DBA’s Alive After Five concert series. An official Grand Re-Opening event, is being planned for the early summer of 2017.
The new features at the plaza include an improved high-efficiency lighting system, a newly installed sound system, healthy 4-inch caliper trees (33 total) in upgraded subsurface growing beds, and brand new bricks providing a level, safe, and permeable surface. By June the updated interactive fountain, public restrooms, and a mobile stage will be ready for use.
CCDC sold several thousand personalized bricks which were used in addition to the 14,000 replacement Founders Bricks on the plaza. If you bought a brick or have a Founders Brick you can visit CCDC’s online brick finder that will show which section your brick is located in at www.TheGrovePlaza.com/Brick-Finder/
It’s not too late to order a personalized brick for The Grove Plaza! Bricks will be sold through Dec. 31, 2016 to be installed in spring 2017. Buy your brick today and join the tradition!
Doug Woodruff, CCDC Project Manager