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Downtown Caldwell booms with big new project. City studies how to handle parking crunch

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Build it, and they will come.

Indian Creek Plaza in downtown Caldwell has meant everything to this Canyon County community. But with it comes challenges facing city leaders as they deal with urban growth.

Visitors to Indian Creek used to stash their cars in a big empty parking lot. But a crane towers over the site, with a significant development in the works.

“It features 142 apartments, ground level will have retail, it’s a mixed-use project. The first of it’s kind in Caldwell,” Caldwell Economic Development Director Steven Jenkins said. “The five-story building will also have a rooftop patio and fitness center.”

The Creekside project from deChase Miksis will center on workforce housing and features two buildings and a pedestrian alleyway. It should come online next summer.

Parking crunch

Construction progress on the Creekside project in Caldwell, Idaho. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

But for those who want to experience what Indian Creek Plaza and the surrounding blocks has to offer, plan on another experience: a parking crunch. But, Jenkins said, more parking could be on the drawing board.

“We just actually had a workshop to city council, so this is a timely discussion we talked about a parking structure, and we’re looking at different templates from around the country to see what format will fill the Caldwell model,” Jenkins said. “We currently have 432 parking spots along the railroad track.”

Sabrina Minshall from Destination Caldwell said things should work out for the best, but visitors may spend a few extra minutes looking for a spot.

“That’s hard. It’s change,” Minshall said. “It’s getting people to say ‘it’s OK to walk a few blocks to park a bit out,’ and you’re going to have the experience where you see things that you didn’t even know was there.”

Newly elected Caldwell Mayor Jarom Wagoner said he agrees, saying you have to keep your eye on the prize.

“The finish line is way in the future, so we have to continue to improve, continue to look and see what we can do to keep people coming downtown.”

Don Nelson - Idaho News 6
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Don Nelson is an anchor and reporter for Idaho News 6.

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