by Andrew Crisp
A little more than a month after officials confirmed the first Idaho outlet of specialty grocer Trader Joe's, crews have begun preparing 300 S. Capitol Blvd. for construction, slated for completion in 2014.
Morning commuters looking to pull into the familiar surface lot on Boise's Capitol Boulevard were met with a much different sight earlier this month. As of April 30, the dirt lot was no longer open to motorists, destined to become the future site of four retail buildings, anchored by the California grocery chain.
Crews began installing chain-link fencing around the property the morning of May 7. A large white construction trailer stood at one corner and barriers blocked both entrances to the property.
The 1.7-acre parking lot, framed by Capitol Boulevard, Front, Sixth and Broad streets, will hold four buildings ranging in size from 2,000 to 13,200 square feet, with a 250-space parking lot. Access points are planned on Broad and Sixth streets, with TJ's planned to open in 2014, according to a spokeswoman.