Central Addition

A LIV District

What is a LIV District?

Built on the City of Boise’s focus on livability through Lasting Environments, Innovative Enterprises and Vibrant Communities, a LIV District is a geographic area of focused investment that inspires and engages residents and businesses to build on the existing neighborhood fabric, address sustainability and develop a balanced approach to life, work and play. For Boise’s first LIV District, it’s hard to imagine a better spot than the Central Addition.

Goals

Sustainable Infrastructure

Integrate renewable and clean geothermal energy, advanced stormwater management practices and innovative streetscape design

Mobility

Offer transportation options so all citizens can easily walk, bike, take transit or drive to all Boise’s great assets, including downtown, parks, universities, entertainment and the Greenbelt

Placemaking

Develop public spaces that celebrate history, arts and culture while creating a unique neighborhood identity. Utilize infrastructure to showcase local public art.

Housing

Create urban downtown living through a mixture of historic single-family residences, multi-family homes and new construction of condos and apartments.

Economic Development

Support more than 50 diverse businesses built on green turn-key development, while attracting other sustainable-minded entities.

Stakeholder Engagement

Residents and businesses collaborate to achieve a shared vision for the district, with regular meetings to guide future planning.

Metrics

Establish baseline data to measure current and future district elements, such as sustainability, mobility and economic development. Create a framework for sharing successes and challenges.

The Central Addition’s development has been deliberate with the goal of sustainability at the forefront, showcased by plenty of new LEED-certified construction. The neighborhood is powered in part by geothermal energy, a renewable resource with zero emissions and a near-zero carbon footprint, for which Boise has the largest direct-use system in the entire country. Additional features include smart design in sidewalks, roads and tree planting that naturally helps filter pollutants from rainwater runoff, sending cleaner water to the Boise River.

Central Addition - Boise's first LIV District will serve as a model for future. Additional outcomes expected include:

  • Epicenter of Boise’s Best Amenities - Marked by thriving businesses, boutique shops, residential housing, parks, unique public art, hotels, universities, grocery stores and more
  • Accessible Transportation for All - Conveniently hop on a Boise GreenBike, walk to Julia Davis Park using the new pedestrian pathway at 5th Street and Myrtle, or catch a bus from Main Street Station
  • Deliberate and Sustainable Development - Demonstrated by continued mixed use growth, increased housing, new green construction and incentives for geothermal connection
  • The Most Livable City in the Country - Embody the future of Boise’s mission
  • Stakeholder Ownership - Collaboration with a focus on implementing initiatives to achieve shared goals with a sense of identity and pride

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