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Final Design Concepts for The Grove Plaza Renovation Unveiled

December 3, 2015

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The Grove Plaza Renovation Design Concept

For Immediate Release:

Boise, Idaho (December 1, 2015) – Building upon months of public engagement, the Capital City Development Corporation (CCDC) Board of Commissioners approved The Grove Plaza renovation design during their recent board meeting. The renovation will include a new interactive fountain that will remain flush to the surface, along with a more contemporary paving pattern. Other additions include shade structures, moveable tables and chairs, high efficiency area lighting, a sound system and a mobile stage for use at plaza events.

“The amount of positive input and great ideas we received from the community was a testament of how important The Grove Plaza is to residents, businesses and visitors of downtown Boise,” said John Brunelle, Executive Director of CCDC. “This renovation is about enhancing and improving the elements of The Grove Plaza we all know and love, as well as adding features to make it an even better gathering place.”

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The Grove Plaza design rendering looking west

The planning process began in November 2014 when a group of strategic stakeholders convened to envision the future of The Grove Plaza. In June 2015, CSHQA (Boise) and ZGF Architects (Portland) began developing design concepts founded upon the stakeholders’ recommendations. The concepts were refined through various levels of public participation that included: individual meetings with adjacent property owners, a public survey and multiple open houses and community events.

To help support the renovation effort, CCDC is offering personalized, engraved bricks that range in cost of between $60 and $100.  The $100 brick is black in color and will be placed in a specially designated, highly visible area. For more information or to purchase a commemorative brick, visit

Many of the original bricks in The Grove Plaza are damaged due to three decades of use and wear. All of the bricks will be replaced as part of the renovation. As a special gift to the community, CCDC is re-engraving the circa 1986 original brick inscriptions onto new bricks. These bricks, or Founders Bricks, will be placed near the fountain in respect for the history of the plaza and the people who have been enjoying it since 1986.

Renovation is scheduled to begin in early 2016 and planned to be complete in coordination with the adjacent construction projects.  For more information or updates about The Grove Plaza renovation, go to or contact CCDC at (208) 384 4264.

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The Grove Plaza design rendering looking east