Boise Mayor Dave Bieter cracked the first tile Wednesday in a renovation of the Capitol Terrace. Among the first urban renewal projects in the City of Trees, the terrace will be known as “Main + Marketplace” after its facelift.
“[This is one of the projects] that told us we could rebuild downtown,” Bieter said. The renovation and re-branding, he added, will be an extension of the ongoing revitalization of the downtown core.
The overhaul is concurrent with a bevy of construction and remodeling projects by tenants, as well as new business openings in the complex. Downtown Boise Association Executive Director Lynn Hightower said that over the years, businesses in the terrace like The Balcony Club and The Piper Pub & Grill have “had a front row seat for the birth of their downtown.”
Nick Eppler of Jekyll & Hyde Bagel Company, which is slated to open in the new Main + Marketplace later this year, said he thinks a visual update of the terrace will keep it in line with the new BoDo aesthetic.
“The decision to reinvent the space was really a no-brainer,” Eppler said. “It was really time for a change.”
Hawkins Companies, which took ownership of the building in 2017, is fronting the renovation. Improvements are expected to be completed sometime in August. When asked how the project’s $2 million price tag will be funded, HC Owner Gary Hawkins tugged at his pocket lining.
“It’s out of my pockets,” he said.
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