The Skinny

You might have heard that Downtown is going through one of its biggest growth spurts in years. Below you’ll see why. We recently saw the completion of the 18-story Eighth and Main, the… 1-story Trader Joe’s development, and then there’s JUMP, the Simplot family’s large creative center under construction right now.


Below you’ll find a rendering showing the biggest projects that are actively in the works in Central Downtown (Don’t worry, they won’t look like this in real life… I hope).



Cyan = Recently completed major projects. These include those stated above:

  • Eighth and Main
  • Trader Joe’s

Orange = Projects under construction.

  • JUMP – Jack’s Urban Meeting Place
  • Owyhee Place: Renovation of the former Owyhee Hotel into “modern offices, retail, event facilities, and apartment living.”

Green = Proposed projects currently going through city approval phase

  • City Center Plaza: Location of the new 9-story Clearwater building, the underground Transit Center for ValleyRide, and expanded convention space for the Boise Centre.
  • New Simplot Headquarters Bldg: A large, 9-floor office tower hosting the headquarters for the Simplot Co.
  • 119 S. 10th St.: A 6-floor mixed use building offering condos, apartments, office space, retail and parking. In addition to this project, there is a planned exterior/interior renovation of the John Alden Building next door.

Blue = Proposed projects that haven’t yet gone through approval phase

This is just Central Downtown. Since 2011!

Later this week I’ll show you what’s going on in the Lusk St. area. The transformation of that previously-neglected section of Boise is amazing to me. From there we’ll also check out East Downtown and other parts of Boise.

Till next time!

11 thoughts on “The Skinny

  1. Cynthia Swanson

    I do not want 1 million people living here. I moved here in 1977 to go to BSU. I thought Boise was a large city then but I was also moving here from Twin Falls Idaho. I do not like the growth I have seen since 1976, nor do I like the crime that has come along with it. For years we didn’t have to worry about locking our cars, or our homes but it is simply not that way anymore. In addition to all of this the good jobs have all gone away. Boise Cascade has been broken up and sold off, Ore Ida headquarters gone, and many others.

    1. Anthony Harding Post author

      Hi Cynthia,

      Thanks for your comment! I completely understand where you’re coming from. The thing is: we can’t just hang a sign that says “Don’t come here, and don’t have babies.” Nothing would be more anti-free society than that.

      The question is, if we are to grow how can we do it in a way that mitigates the problems you mention as much as possible? I don’t proclaim to have all the answers, but what I can offer is a big-picture look at where we are and where we’re going.

      So I’d like to do a more in-depth response to your comment in an article for next week because I think you raise good points and a sentiment shared by many folks in the Treasure Valley.


  2. Alex

    Nice work Anthony! I love it! There’s no question that Boise is going to continue to grow and develop. It’s work like yours that will assist citizens in understanding how Boise can grow in a smart way. We need to take a closer look at how we utilize the land and space available to us and create plans for a city that remains functional and livable in the future. So, very very nice job on this! :)

    1. Anthony Harding Post author

      Thanks for the kind words Alex! If all I do is engage people to be a part of the story that is our city, I’ll consider my job a success. :-)

  3. Mallory Seiniger

    If Boise is going to rapidly expand in the near future, I believe we need to have a shift in the paradigm of how most large cities function. I think it is safe to say that lots of the millennials, myself included, have different inherent values than our predecessors, like the declining baby boomers. Many of us realize the need for social change in terms of acceptance, as well as the importance of education due to the drastic decrease in manufacturing jobs over the past decades. But hopefully most of us realize the serious need for environmental changes; the past generations did not see a pressing need to prevent and preserve our environment, as it would not directly affect them. Unfortunately, it does affect us, and our offspring. Although large cities maybe fun, they are a package deal with downfalls such as crime, pollution, traffic, etc. Although I am sure many of us wish the rest of the nation would keep away, unfortunately that is not a viable option. It seems to me that Idahoans need to set a well known precedent, or unwritten “codes” if you will, of how we would like to treat our city, environment, and of course each other (politeness being another great quality of ours). With the growth and attention of Boise we are given a wonderful opportunity, or one could even say gift, to show the nation a new and more fulfilling lifestyle. Maybe I am being overly optimistic and getting way too ahead of myself with these statements, but as you said time goes by very quickly. If we could set Boise on a path of creative education with the above values, I would like to believe that perhaps these dreams are attainable. I would love to see Boise put in more walking or bike paths (that are very safe as to increase usage) downtown, and better public transportation systems: maybe an aboveground tram? Perhaps it is too drastic a move to restrict cars and have a much more than average community centered city, but while our population is low it may not be such a bad idea to start implementing more and more of a friendly and clean living environment for us to enjoy.

    1. Anthony Harding

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment Mallory. I agree 100% that future generations have different inherent values than prior generations.

      I don’t think you’re overly optimistic when you say that we have the gift of opportunity. Boise is still so young and new that we can choose many different directions on how we want our city to grow. We have a chance at learning from critical mistakes other cities have made.

      And I think we will. That’s why I started Boisetopia: to just plum get more people engaged with what’s going on, and to show them the possibilities!


  4. Heather White

    Is there an apartment complex going in at JUMP? If so what are the sizes and prices? Im ao excited to learn more about this place?

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