Boise’s urban renewal agency, the Capital City Development Corp., could buy a parking lot at the corner of 6th St. and Grove St. in Boise and turn it into a public plaza.
The small 0.21-acre parcel is owned by Artiach Properties, the same family that owns Leku Ona restaurant on the diagonal corner.
CCDC said Artiach entered into discussions to sell the property to CCDC to develop a public plaza. The conversation started during the process to put together an overall plan for the Old Boise blocks along Grove St., that could extend the Basque Block and make other improvements in the area.
CCDC would launch a project to build public improvements in the plaza, and turn the property over to the City of Boise’s Dept. of Parks and Recreation.
“The project will recognize and celebrate the history, contributions, and culture of the diverse populations from this historic Boise neighborhood,” the agreement with Artiach Properties reads.
The CCDC board voted to move forward with formal negotiations to buy the property. The price would based on an appraisal. The Artiach family would get the right to name the plaza, according to the agreement.
“I love what we are doing here,” CCDC Board Chair Dana Zuckerman said. “I think we speak often that part of our job in eliminating blight in downtown is eliminating surface lots. There have been a lot of private and some public investment on Grove St., and I think turning this into a public space complements that.”
The block sits surrounded by new developments, including the Home2Suites by Hilton and attached parking garage, Thomas Logan/The Lucy apartments, and The Vanguard apartments. The rest of the half-block is owned by another party, Heath Family, and currently hosts additional surface parking lots and a former home used as an office building.