Construction Crews Begin Work At Eighth and Main 'Hole'

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Crews begin prepping Eighth and Main construction site.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Crews begin prepping the Eighth and Main construction site on Monday by removing the mural wall and putting up a chain-link fence.

When Boise city officials postponed an official ground-breaking for the Eighth and Main project on March 19, they promised to reschedule (but have yet to announce when). But construction crews apparently aren't waiting for anything official.

The Board of Commissioners of the Capital City Development Corporation was briefed on the project this afternoon, including word that demolition and site cleanup was slated to begin today, with full-scale construction beginning Friday, June 1. Crews began removing huge signs trumpeting the project, and quickly installed a chain-link fence around the site's perimeter. According to a CCDC memo, "on-street parking will be eliminated for the duration of construction, but a comprehensive parking promotional effort will be undertaken to remind customers that 800-plus parking spaces are available in the two garages with a half-block of Eighth Street."

The fire marshal will allow the Saturday Market, expected to begin its season on April 21, to set up canopies along the fence.

The Eight and Main Tower will climb to 16 stories and include 268,000 square feet. Tenants will include Zions Bank, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Holland and Hart law offices, the Idaho Technology Council, First American Title and CTA Architects.

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