by Andrew Crisp
After maintaining a downtown classroom and meeting space in the Alaska Center, on Boise's Main Street, Boise State University may soon be relocating the offices and programs of its Center on Main to the city's BODO district downtown.
Boise Weekly reported last year on the University’s plans to spend $1.65 million on an 8,800-square-foot commercial space at 301 Capitol Boulevard. According to Melissa Lavitt, dean of the University's College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, the Center on Main programs may soon be poised to move over to Boise State's new BODO digs as soon as this June.
"We'll continue to have classes, events and other kind of outreaching initiatives," said Lavitt.
Boise State has already decided that its newly-created Venture College - an innovative program which brings a select group of students out of the traditional campus and into the heart of the business community - will be a principal tenant in the BODO space.
Concurrently, the University has decided to give up its lease for its Center on Main School, which has been located on the first floor of the Alaska Building. Since its inception, the Center on Main has hosted lunch-hour forums, night classes and other University events.
According to Lavitt, the Center on Main will be vacated by the end of May. And while Boise State officials have yet to officially decide if the College on Main will move to BODO, the University has already secured the space, at the corner of Capitol and Front, for the Venture College and additional programs.