Beginning of works on the new square of Pocatello

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) – Work has begun on the new town square in Pocatello.

A first shovelful of soil took place on Thursday morning.

The Simplot square block in historic downtown Pocatello is getting a facelift and a new name.

“At Lookout, we dream big and it truly is a dream come true. So without further ado, we welcome you to Lookout Point,” said BJ Fillingame.

The mayor and council as well as a large crowd of dignitaries and community leaders were on hand to help get the project started.

After cracking a few jokes, the mayor even stepped in to help run some of the equipment and knock down a concrete wall.

“We are starting the grinding process which is to grind up the old asphalt from the parking lot and then we will reuse it on projects that are a recyclable product,” said Tom Kirkman. “And then we’ll remove some retaining wall bushes.”

This zone goes from car park to park as part of the new design. It will include a concert stage, a lawn and a playground.

“We have just completed introducing our developments for the next 20 years and this was the number one priority project and this plan and it really creates a gathering space. Just a town center for families to enjoy,” said said Stephanie Palagi. “We built a million about 12 years ago, we’ve outgrown this facility in Oregon, so our community embraces downtown. We have advocates and partners who are excited to help us, that was just the next big step for downtown.”

The more than $1 million project is funded by Lookout Credit Union. They say they are excited to be part of the transformation.

“It’s going to be huge. I think it’s going to be a catalyst for growth here,” Fillingame said. “They have a 20-year plan. I think that’s going to anchor it from the beginning until they get to the end of their 20-year plans.”

All exterior structures will be completed by this fall. Over the winter they will let it settle, then in the spring the playground equipment will come in with an official ribbon cutting plan for April 2023.

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