Boise City Council members are giving the green light for two new major public resource projects to move forward, a complete redo of the main Boise Public Library and a new police substation.
This comes out of the latest city council meeting.
“The main library is an old warehouse, it was originally designed to be that, and it has been converted into a library and has served its purpose for many years,” says Mike Journee, PIO for Boise Mayor David Bieter.
But now it’s time for a change.
After holding a series of workshops, Boise City Council President Elaine Clegg says the city has accepted the recommendations to completely renovate the building and possibly add to it.
“We are going to have creativity maker spaces, we will be adding more 3D printers that sort of thing and more computers, we already have a lot but perhaps even more access,” says Clegg.
“In addition to that as we are doing this, we also need a new home for the Department of Arts and History, we are looking at the possibility of these two coming together in some way that makes a lot of sense,” adds Journee.
As for how much the new library will cost, the numbers are still being crunched.
Clegg says funding will likely come from bonding authority through the urban renewal district, money from the city and donors.
Officials are also working out the cost for a new police substation downtown.
“We have a significant amount of calls we get on a daily basis for police assistance from the downtown area,” says Journee.
With more than 47,000 people working in the downtown area, Clegg says it makes sense for officers to be stationed where they will policing.
“So the idea is instead of having them report to City Hall West, they could report there for their shift and just go right to work,” says Clegg.
The city hired an architect Tuesday that will be assessing the best downtown location for the facility.
So far there is no time estimate when officials will break ground.