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Plan for new Treefort concert house in old Boise Office Depot takes shape

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Plans for a new music hall that will give the Treefort Music Festival a year-round space, are starting to take shape.

BoiseDev first told you about the project last summer. Now, Hendricks Commercial Properties, which owns the old Office Depot space at Capitol Blvd. and Broad St. in Boise, formally laid out its plan for the Treefort Music Hall.

The existing brick facade of the building would get new paint and exterior updates, as well as new awnings along both Capitol and Broad

“A new canopy is proposed along the south and east facades to emphasize the new corner entry into the concert venue,” Mandie Brozo with CSHQA wrote in an application letter. “Portions of the new building fa├žade will utilize some of the same materials and characteristics that are used in the surrounding neighborhood.”

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Concert hall, VIP, bars, rooftop patio

Floor plans show the entry to the venue would move to the corner, with a ticket booth. A large lobby and lounge area would feature a bar along the west side and restrooms toward the north corner. The main concert venue would sit roughly in the middle, with a stage, three tiers of VIP seating, rail seating, and a sound booth. Treefort would have office space and two greenrooms toward the back of the building.

Treefort Music Hall
The former Office Depot store at Broad St. and Capitol Blvd. could host a new venue for Treefort Music Fest. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Treefort previously said the venue would hold 500-700 concertgoers.

The second floor would feature another bar, interior seating and a rooftop patio, and small exterior stage.

Hendricks hopes to build a new stair tower and elevator shaft on the side of the building along Capitol Blvd., in an area that is currently part of the sidewalk, but on property it owns. Future outdoor patio space could go in along Broad and Capitol.

Hendricks purchased the BoDo development in 2017. Leases for many previous tenants, including Office Depot, were not renewed with a large-scale redevelopment promised. Hendricks is currently building out a new food hall it calls The Warehouse in a large space that formerly housed tenants including LOFT, Urban Outfitters, and others. The Warehouse is expected to open this spring.

Hendricks CEO Rob Gerbitz said he also hopes to find a new boutique-type movie theater to replace the shuttered Edwards Cinemas on the second story of the building next to the Treefort Music Hall.

Treefort Music Hall would join the Knitting Factory Concert House in the area.

The Treefort Music Hall will need to win design review approval from the City of Boise. A hearing date is not yet set.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at don@boisedev.com.

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