Ada County is looking for businesses interested in leasing a facility on the sprawling grounds of Expo Idaho.
The Turf Club, located at the corner of Glenwood St. and Chinden Blvd. and along the Boise River, offers 12,495 square feet of space. The building is two levels with a paved parking lot in the front. The facility was once used for horse racing and betting but is now unoccupied. There haven’t been any horse races at Expo Idaho since 2015.
Now, the Ada County Board of Commissioners is hoping to breathe new life into the Turf Club.
“The Board is committed to supporting innovative business opportunities that allow for the best and highest use of our facilities at Expo Idaho,” the board stated in a news release. “We are eager to hear about and evaluate ideas brought to us that would provide a robust revenue stream for the county and allow us to partner with organizations that bring value to all the residents of the county.”
Ada County plans to replace the roofs on both the Expo Idaho Building and the Turf Club using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act but it’s unclear when those projects will start.
The county has been discussing redeveloping the nearly 300 acre Expo Idaho site in recent years but hasn’t made any solid moves yet on what changes they will make and how to pay for it.
A citizens advisory committee met throughout 2020 and recommended improving the area with a combination of mixed-use development, a new baseball arena for the Boise Hawks, and upgraded facilities for the Western Idaho Fair and other agriculturally focused programming.
The Ada County Commissioners accepted their report and have since voted to move Lady Bird Park from along Chinden Boulevard to the flood plain as a first step in an eventual reimagining of the area. The park will replace the area where the dilapidated horse stalls from Les Bois Park stood for decades, which the county voted to use ARPA funds to remove.
Any business organization interested in leasing The Turf Club can find more information here.
BoiseDev’s Margaret Carmel contributed reporting.