Another alley in the center of Boise gets a boost. This time it's the sidewalk behind many Boise bars.
It is the newest track to get an upgrade because CCDC, the Downtown Boise Association, landowners and the city of Boise are trying to improve the space behind buildings. It is part of an overall effort to increase the amount of usable public space in the core area.
The so-called "Block 7" runs behind Hannah & # 39; s, Brickyard, Bardenay, Leku Ona and Tom Grainey & # 39; s between Capitol Blvd. & 6th St. The area sees a lot of use by all service companies and receives a different treatment than other areas. Instead of permeable brick clinkers used in the Union Block alley and elsewhere, Block 7 uses colored and textured concrete.
"We decided to go with a patterned concrete without paving stones," said Matt Whitmond of CCDC. "It gets a lot of traffic and they wash up pressure that could not hold out so well with pavers"
New overhead string lights suspended from wires will brighten up the area & # 39; They are hung on tension wires and can be adjusted.
A hodgepodge of rubbish bins across the alley is being consolidated, screened behind a new fence rather than in the open.
CCDC will release the project to bid and hopes to have it built this summer and to complete it in the fall.
CCDC estimates $ 400,000 for the project.