Boise Airport officials are looking at the next step in the longterm plan to expand and upgrade the largest airport in the state.
This week, the airport filed for design review approval of a large new parking garage for passengers.
As BoiseDev reported earlier this year, with the dramatic decline in passenger traffic related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the airport halted all construction projects. Business development manager Sean Briggs said the new application is just an early step.
“The airport is still moving forward with the design work of the new facilities associated with the BOI Upgrade Plan,” he said. “That way once passenger demand returns and the airport is ready to move forward with the expansion, the airport will be best positioned to begin the construction projects.”
Briggs said they do not currently have a timeline for when the project could start. A design review approval from the city generally gives an applicant two years to start a project – though city officials can renew approvals.
The project plan calls for a five-story parking garage with 1,150 spaces for vehicles. It would also include bike parking for 30 cycles. The garage would take the space currently dedicated to surface parking to the east of the current main passenger garage. The project would reconfigure the lot to make way for the garage, with some additional surface parking for employees.
Crews would demolish the current exit toll booth and build a new 7-lane structure in a different location closer to the airport building. A new passenger bridge would link the garage to the second level of the airport’s flyover bridge.
The airport stopped work earlier this year on a new employee parking garage to the west of the airport terminal. Briggs said they are in the initial planning phases for a future rental car garage and new concourse A.