Gardner Company says Zions building in Boise 'done'

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- The hole at 8th and Main has been filled.

Kem Gardner, chairman of the Gardner Company, owners and developers of the new Zions Bank Building in downtown Boise, says the building is essentially done.

"I think the building's done or they wouldn't be moving in," Gardner told KBOI News Monday. "I think by mid-February we'll have everybody in and it'll really be finished, so to speak."

The first business, law firm Parsons Behle and Latimer, to move into the glistening high rise at 8th and Main is now doing business.

And a colorful, bright sign on the building indicates more are coming.

Gardner says space at the building is about 90 percent leased.

There's only some finishing touches and clean up left.

Some 20 business will be moving in over the new few weeks, including several restaurants.

For Boiseans used to seeing the empty hole, the pit, for so many years, the new look at 8th and Main is exciting.

"I think it's great, it's a nice building," said Scott Phillips of Boise. "It's good to have that (hole) filled in"

"We're excited to have more restaurants downtown," said Dana
Zuckerman of Boise. "We're excited to see more people working downtown, it just adds to the vibrancy of our city."

Seems hard to imagine that the hole is nothing but a memory now.