Could an icon of Downtown Boise's skyline someday get a sibling?

Don Day
BoiseDev.com

Downtown Boise is seeing a bit of a growth spurt of late. City Center Plaza, 8th & Main, JUMP, The Fowler, a raft of hotels, new Simplot HQ and more -- lots of activity and big changes to the traditional skyline view from the Boise Depot.

One of Boise's first modern skyscrapers was One Capital Center at 9th St. & Main St. The building was Idaho's tallest when it opened in 1975, eclipsed just a few years later by the Idaho First Plaza (now known as the US Bank Building). It was designed by the same firm behind the Space Needle in Seattle.  It has been the longtime home of the JR Simplot Co. among other tenants - but with Simplot moving out, many of its floors are searching for new tenants.

Owner Oppenheimer Development Co. is mounting a raft of upgrades - including new color-changing accent lights, upgraded lobbies and more. Law firm Moffatt Thomas recently signed a deal to move from its existing home down the street.

But someday, One Capital Center could get a sibling -- Two Capital Center.

The idea was first floated in the Idaho State Journal in 1977, according to the dormant Boisetopia site.  Ore-Ida and HJ Heinz were said to be tenants.

Instead, those businesses set up shop on ParkCenter Blvd., and later left Boise all together.

A recent sales flier raised the possibility that Two Cap could become a reality - denoting a current surface parking lot as "Future Site of Two Capitol (sic) Center."

We checked in with Jeremy Malone - Vice President for property owner Oppenheimer Development Co.  He says nothing is imminent, but if a large employer entered the market looking for space, anything could be possible.

The site is unique in that an additional building could be built without impacting views of the existing One Cap building. The two structures could share the green space that slopes down to the Angel's Renato restaurant.

COLAB Architecture posted concept drawings for the project in 2009. They were, according to Malone, a starting place - and any potential future project would likely start with modern needs and ideas.

The parking lot is a prime piece of dirt in Downtown - with close access to the Boise Centre, Grove Plaza, City Hall, Statehouse and other major developments.

By Don Day

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