Love it or hate it, much of the iconic black-and-white tile of Boise’s Capitol Terrace will be going away as the building façade undergoes a $2 million renovation this summer. The 1988 building will be rebranded Main + Marketplace. In addition to a refresh of the façade that includes repainting and new tile, the renovation will also include installation of street-level and second-story permanent steel-and-wood canopies outside storefronts and the open-air deck, as well as signs and a “prominent architectural feature” facing 8th Street. The parking garage will also be repainted, said Gary Hawkins, owner and CEO of Hawkins Companies, the new owner of the building, who called it a “prime corner of Boise.”
A second phase of the renovation — for the entryway off the garage, which could include a “container alley” of pop-up shops in shipping containers — will be starting at the same time with an undetermined completion date, Hawkins said. Several tenants will also be renovating, such as The Balcony dance club, while the Title 9 women’s clothing store and The Electric Chair Salon have already completed renovations, Hawkins said. While many existing tenants, such as Shige Japanese Cuisine, were represented in the artist’s rendering of the building, they might not all be staying, he said. He declined to name any who might be leaving. “It’s a vibrant, diverse mix that keeps downtown Boise cool,” said Lynn Hightower, executive director of the Downtown Boise Association.