by Andrew Crisp
A proposal to transform a surface parking lot owned by the State of Idaho into a large parking garage may move forward Tuesday, Jan. 9.
That's if the City of Boise's Design Review Committee gives the nod to the plan's current design proposal, which calls for a 61-foot-tall, five-and-a-half-story garage totaling more than 140,000 square feet to occupy a portion of the site.
Currently, the parcel is used as parking for Capitol Mall employees. Stalls are scarce near the Idaho State Capitol during the legislative session, which led lawmakers to approve up to $8 million for the garage in March 2012.
Comprising 1.6 acres, the block is bordered by Franklin, Washington, Sixth and Seventh streets. Fifty-four existing parking spaces would remain, with the new garage spanning the length of Washington Street between Sixth and Seventh streets.
According to documents filed with Boise's Planning and Development Services, the parking garage would house 580 spaces, increasing the lots parking capacity 10-fold.