Inside the construction zone for the City Center Plaza

The hole for the City Center Plaza is 25 feet below Main Street. Soon, it will be a transit hub underneath a nine-story building.

BOISE -- The Gardner Company has changed the Boise City skyline, and they're at it again with the City Center Plaza.

They filled the infamous Boise hole with the Eighth and Main Building, now they've created another hole in downtown Boise. The hole for the City Center Plaza is 25 feet below Main Street. Soon, it will be a transit hub underneath a nine-story building.

"We knew it would be a great opportunity for us to do another building, so we're excited that it's all coming together," said Gardner Company Chief Operating Officer Tommy Ahlquist.

People getting off the buses will go out onto Main Street. Next to the nine-story building will be a smaller building, with a sky walk over to the Boise Center.

Ahlquist hopes the project will change the perception on public transportation in Boise.

"Hopefully we see that grow over years because that's certainly a trend around the country, and any city of metropolitan area that's thriving has a good public transportation system," said Ahlquist. "So we're really excited to be part of that and help hopefully change some of that culture."

He said the project is a great example of shared needs and interests between the public and private sectors.

"Hopefully a lot of different cities can look at how to show how private and public sectors can work together to make something happen," he said.

The Gardner Company worked with Valley Regional Transit, Capital City Development Corporation, and the Greater Boise Auditorium District, among others.

"I think that's probably what we're most proud of is it took everyone coming together in a way that was real responsive and with a timeline that was really tight to make this happen," Ahlquist said.

There are about 25 people working on construction right now. There will be hundreds more as the project moves along. They'll be putting steel in next month, and it will be coming out of the ground by February.

Because the construction has been disruptive to downtown, Gardner Company is helping out with the Potato Drop on New Years Eve. They will hoist the potato from a crane in the construction site.

The target date for finishing the project is June 2016.


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