CCDC could buy parking by Basque Block for future park in Boise, Id
Boise’s urban renewal agency, Capital City Development Corp., could buy a parking lot at the corner of 6th Street and Grove Street in Boise and turn it into a public plaza.
The small 0.21 acre plot is owned by Artiach Properties, the same family that owns the Leku Ona restaurant on the corner of the diagonal.
CCDC said Artiach has started discussions to sell the property to CCDC in order to develop a public square. The conversation began during the process of developing a comprehensive plan for the Old Boise Blocks along Grove Street, which could extend the Basque Block and bring other improvements to the area.
The CCDC would initiate a public improvement project on the plaza and hand over the property to the City of Boise Parks and Recreation Department.
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“The project will recognize and celebrate the history, contributions and culture of the diverse populations of this historic district of Boise,” says the agreement with Artiach Properties.
The CCDC Board of Directors voted to go ahead with formal negotiations to purchase the property. The price would be based on an appraisal. The Artiach family would get the right to name the place, according to the deal.
“I love what we do here,” said CCDC Board Chair Dana Zuckerman. “I think we often say that part of our job to eliminate the scourge downtown is to eliminate the surface land. There has been a lot of private and public investment on Grove St., and I think turning that into a public space complements that.
The block is surrounded by new developments, including Home2Suites by Hilton and adjoining car park, Thomas Logan / The Lucy apartments and The Vanguard apartments. The remainder of the half-block is owned by another part, Heath Family, and currently houses additional above-ground parking and an old house used as an office building.