Popular Boise gym shuts its doors to make way for affordable housing complex

BOISE – It’s good news for the city of Boise, and not so good news for a local business and people who are a part of the climbing community.

Over the weekend a popular climbing gym, Urban Ascent, closed its doors as construction starts on Adare Manor, a new affordable housing complex.

Mike Journee, City of Boise spokesman, says this was a rare opportunity for them to utilize land they own to begin making a dent in the affordable housing issue.

“We’ve had tears, had a lot of memories shared,” said Urban Ascent General Manager Clint Colwell. “People were here until like 2:30 a.m. climbing all their last climbs.”

The gym has been around since 2011 and has gained more than 600 members over the years.

“It’s probably one of the coolest communities because we are tight night but it’s not exclusive,” Colwell said.

There will be a parking lot where Urban Ascent stands now.

“There’s a real lack of the ability to deliver housing for people who are just regular working people,” said Tom Mannschreck, president of Thomas Development Company.

The project has been in the works for nearly two years, and that’s when Mannschreck says he approached the owners of Urban Ascent.

The gym leases the land, so owners say they knew it was coming down the pipeline. What they didn’t expect, was how soon it all happened.

“It’s been a whirlwind because we were given two days to get everything out of the building,” said Colwell. “We were always told and communicated for the most part that it would happen anywhere between 18 to 24 months after they broke ground here and that’s kind of what we were operating under.”

Mannschreck says they closed the deal in March, about six months after they originally planned, and broke ground soon after.

“It was considerably longer than a couple of days,” Mannschreck said. “We tried to work with the construction process to see that we could leave the gym up another 60 or 90 days, but for some complicated construction reasons that simply wasn’t possible.”

Adare Manor will house 134 units in four floors. Mannschreck says Urban Ascent will be taken down in a couple of weeks and the overall project will be done Summer of 2019.

As for Urban Ascent, Colwell says there aren’t any plans of picking up and moving elsewhere, but he says there are other climbing gyms that are popping up all over the Treasure Valley.

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