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Give My Regards to Broad Street: Dunkley Moves Out of Boise

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GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice


The final notes were sounded at the downtown Boise location of Dunkley Music, which moved its final boxes of merchandise on Broad Street ahead of a move to Meridian after 65 years as a fixture in the City of Trees.

Dunkley owners pulled up stakes in Boise, selling their property to developer Pennbridge Capital, which has designs to build a 10-story, 180-room hotel on the prime real estate at the corner of Broad Street and Capitol Boulevard.

Dunkley Music opened its doors in Boise in 1950, ultimately growing to its present size after purchasing the R.C. Cola bottling plant in 1974. 

Speaking of changes to Broad Street, the Boise City Council will be briefed Tuesday, Aug. 11 on some dramatic changes to the area—part of a joint project from the city and Capital City Development Corporation to revitalize the Central Addition neighborhood.

CCDC
  • CCDC
Officials say they're looking for approval of plans from the city, CCDC and the Ada County Highway District in September. Construction would commence in March 2016 and continue until August 2016. That includes an expansion of the city's geothermal line through the neighborhood to be completed by April 2016.

Among the many changes is Roost, a seven-story, 204,000-square-foot mixed use development at 401 S. Fifth Street, which developers say will include five housing levels, ground floor retail and a community open space along Broad Street.

City and CCDC planners say the Broad Street corridor between Trader Joe's and Winco will put pedestrians and bicycles before automobiles and include more public art, stormwater and permeable paving, and space for pop-ups and/or kiosks. According to planning documents, the street design will be the "coolest in Boise."