Simplot Alley


Project Size: 0.25 acre

Project Client:Capitol City Development Corporation in Partnership with Ada County Highway District 

Principal(s) in Charge: David Koga

Project Status: Under Construction 

The Land Group worked with Capitol City Development Corporation and Ada County Highway District to transform an existing alley from a dilapidated, service-oriented infrastructure to an engaging multi-purpose public space.

Leveraging ACHD’s proposed project to improve stormwater management in the urban environment using permeable pavers, our team worked with local stakeholders and CCDC to expand the scope of the alley improvements, implementing place-making strategies to drawing people from the City Center and invite them to the emerging River Myrtle-Old Boise District. To promote sustained and responsible development in Downtown Boise, this project aims to increase foot traffic in the area, promote investment in the district and enhance the district’s visibility. Maintaining the functional requirements of the alley was balanced by efforts to improve the pedestrian experience.

The design employs intriguing geometries and subtle changes in material and texture in the ground plain to invite people into this new public space.