Part of Nampa's Library Square project put on hold

NAMPA, Idaho (KBOI) - Part of the construction on Library Square in Nampa is put on hold.

In addition to the tax dollar funded library and parking garage, the project was supposed to include two office buildings with store and restaurant space. But the retail area was set to be privately funded by the Gardner Company.

The city says when Gardner ran into some trouble, they called the retail construction off.

"They notified us to let us know they were having trouble lining tenants up to move in," said Nampa Development Corporation's Chairman, Randy Haverfield.

The city says the construction company didn't want to invest at least $5 million in the project, having no promise that it would be able to get the money back in leases.

For now, just the library and garage are set to open in February. Gardner is still involved in that part of the project, and the city says the company will have to fix the gravel lot where the retail buildings would have been.

"They can't just leave it like it is, so there will be some additional expense on their part to make sure it's finished properly," Haverfield said.

The city says Gardner will pay for a grassy, landscaped area to go in the empty space for the time being. Planners are still hopeful they'll eventually be able to add some retail space.