BOISE, Idaho -

The Greater Boise Auditorium District has announced plans to partner with the Gardner Company to create more convention space by expanding the Boise Centre.

Officials including Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, Gardner Company Chief Operating Officer Tommy Ahlquist and the Auditorium District Board made the announcement Thursday.

Plans call for two new buildings with about 43,000 square feet of space for meetings and a kitchen to be built on the parking lot around the U.S. Bank building owned by the Gardner Company.

The Gardner Company also built Idaho's newest tallest building at 8th and Main streets across the intersection from the U.S. Bank building.

Officials say the Greater Boise Auditorium District has most of the money for the proposed project. The money comes from bed taxes on hotels.