Linen Blocks on Grove Street

The Linen Blocks on Grove Street Project will look at eight city blocks along the west end of Grove Street, adjacent to Boise’s downtown core, with focus given to Grove Street itself between 10th and 16th Streets. The project is located within two of CCDC’s urban renewal districts, Westside and River-Myrtle / Old Boise.

 

Background
The Linen District is six square blocks bounded by Main and Front Streets between 13th and 16th Streets in downtown Boise. The historically auto-orientated businesses, such as service stations and repair shops, and light industrial uses gave way to the adaptive reuse of these buildings in more current times. While the district retains several long-lived local businesses, such as Oakley Moody Services, a vehicle repair shop, the combination of these long-time businesses and repurposed buildings for new small business owners, lend the area the authentic and unique character it has today.

Redevelopment of the area was spurred in 2004 with the repurposing of the American Linen building, which is now The Linen Building. In addition to restoring the 1910 warehouse to an event space for public and private events, other iconic buildings such as the Modern Hotel and Bar added further energy to this pocket of downtown.

Today, the area is characterized by the several sidewalk-style patios in front of restaurants and bars, creative arts and cultural organizations, and unique retail shops.

Why Grove Street?
The Linen District holds unique characteristics and history with energy and momentum already occurring in the original six square blocks. Looking out from this central location along Grove Street, the areas adjacent contain several parcels with redevelopment potential that could attract more economic activity and further expand the energy and success seen in the Linen District. The area also offers critical linkages to increase mobility and connectivity east into the Grove Plaza, south to Rhodes Skate Park and the Boise River, and west to downtown neighborhoods. Additionally, the streetscapes and other public improvements in this area are up to 30 years old and some areas are in need of repair in order to support current and potential businesses and residents. Infrastructure deficiencies that this project will address are long stretches of eroding sidewalk, poor roadway pavement conditions, substandard stormwater drainage, inadequate urban tree canopy, poor lighting, lack of street furnishings, excessive and abandoned curb cuts, and unsafe pedestrian facilities. Creating a collaborative, community-supported vision for the area will drive the overall place making and reinvestment strategy, build on the existing energy in the Linen District, and create a more cohesive and connected neighborhood.

About the Linen Blocks on Grove Street Visioning Project
CCDC and consulting firm Agnew::Beck conducted an inclusive, community-driven visioning process for the Linen Blocks on Grove Street from September 2020 to June 2021. The process included a series of stakeholder meetings and public surveys in order to get feedback and input from those who live, work, own a business or enjoy spending time in this area. Agnew::Beck produced a final vision report in August 2021 that documents a coherent, collaborative vision for the future of the Linen Blocks on Grove Street that both public and private stakeholders, including developers, property owners and public agencies, all support. The vision report identifies community needs and how they could be met in this area, brings forward and recognizes ways to incorporate the area’s history and culture, directs and prioritizes public investments, and aims to influence and inspire private development.

Current Status – Concept Design

CCDC has hired GGLO as its Design Professional of Record for the project. Concept refinement and design will occur throughout the remainder of 2021 and early part of 2022 with construction anticipated to start summer 2022. The project team hosted two public open houses and an online survey for feedback on design alternatives in September 2021. Links to the recordings and a summary of the public survey results are available under the “Resources” section below.

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Resources

Contact
For project specific questions, concerns, or to share your ideas for this section of Grove Street, please contact CCDC Project Manager Amy Fimbel.