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City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 6 months ago
Hello Ru, Which map are you referring to? The library will remain in the same location on the corner of River and Capitol.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 6 months ago
Hello Ru, Thank you for taking time to write. An environmentally-friendly building is one of the top project goals. During this phase of the design process, architects and engineers are looking at the materials that will help meet the highest level of environmental certification we can achieve (e.g. heating / cooling efficiency) while staying within the project budget. We will have more detail on this aspect of the project when the Schematic Design phase is complete this summer. Stay tuned!
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Dear George Targee, thank you for your comment. Regarding your question about the Anne Frank Memorial, the site plan for the new Main Library Campus project incorporates the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, including the new Marilyn Shuler Classroom for Human Rights.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Dear Christine King, thank you for your comment. Regarding your concern about keeping the Main Library Campus project within budget, the Mayor and City Council have made it very clear to staff and the public that this project must cost between $80 to $85 million.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Dear Diane Plastino Graves, thank you for your comment. Regarding your question about the City's largest taxpayer-funded projects: while we cannot speak to the status of the vote initiative, libraries are a core city function and one of the many areas of service where the Mayor and City Council make administrative decisions on a regular basis as part of their responsibilities. Currently, the City of Boise is leading several Airport Terminal Expansion projects that collectively will cost approximately $110 million.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Dear E.B. Schofield, thank you for your comment. Regarding your concern about increased taxes as a result of the project or its short or long-term financing, the Main Library Campus project will not require an increase in City taxes. While it is true that providing the high level of services that Boiseans have come to expect may involve a tax increase at some point in the future, city tax payer’s taxes will not be raised because of the Main Library Campus project. Of note, in FY18, library services accounted for only 6% of the general fund budget (tax supported). You may find more information by visiting https://dfa.cityofboise.org/financial-management/budget-and-financial-reports/budget-library/.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Roberta, thank you for your question. Unfortunately, underground parking proved cost prohibitive, due largely to the building’s proximity to the river and site constraints, compared to keeping some accessible surface parking and purchasing parking from the neighboring development.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Sarah, thanks for commenting! Above a $25,000 dollar threshold, the City of Boise cannot limit the pool of candidates to local applicants only. That said, the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) published October 3, 2017 required that firms located outside of Idaho team up with a local architecture firm. Safdie Architects was selected as Design Lead with award-winning local design firm, CSHQA as Executive Architect. To your concern about duplicate programs/services, the Center for Arts & History will focus on exploring local, place-based culture through arts, history and cultural programming. While the Idaho State Museum focuses on state history and the Boise Art Museum on regional and national fine arts and visual exhibitions, the Center will act as a complement to the larger Cultural District, showcasing the work of local artists, historians and community members to celebrate Boise's character and ensure a sense of place.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Mary, thanks for commenting! The site plan for the new Library incorporates the Anne Frank Memorial, including the new Marilyn Shuler Classroom. We are also committed to protecting the integrity of the historic structure of the Log Cabin and ensuring the tenant's—the literary arts non-profit organization known as The Cabin—existing and future success.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Anna, great idea! We'll pass your idea on to the rest of the team. In the meantime, can you share some examples that you consider successful?
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Karry, thanks for commenting! The architect team designed the concept with accessibility and connectivity in mind. In the next public input opportunity (TBA), we will be able to share more around pedestrian and bike accessibility. To answer your second question/concern, we are committed to protecting the integrity of the historic structure and ensuring the tenant's—the literary arts non-profit organization known as The Cabin—existing and future success. As for parking, the facility will include a public parking garage with approximately 270 spaces. Accessibility for those who need it will be addressed with 40 on-site parking spots located in the lot NW of the Anne Frank Memorial.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Robin, thanks for commenting! 1. The facility will include a public parking garage with approximately 270 spaces. Accessibility for those who need it will be addressed with 40 on-site parking spots located in the lot NW of the Anne Frank Memorial. 2. The Library Campus, which includes the Main Library and a Center for Arts & History focused on exploring local, place-based culture through arts, history and cultural programming, will act as a complement to the larger Cultural District, including the Idaho State Museum, the Boise Art Museum and many other cultural organizations loosely bounded by State, 6th and 9th streets, and the Boise River. 3. We are committed to protecting the integrity of the historic structure and ensuring the tenant's—the literary arts non-profit organization known as The Cabin—existing and future success.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Michael, thanks for commenting! Parking was identified early on through community input as a top priority. To accommodate the design goal of 300 spaces, we are working with the Wilcomb family, owners of the property at 618 S. 8th Street, to determine feasibility for redeveloping the property as a mixed-use facility. The facility would include a public parking garage with approximately 270 spaces. Accessibility for those who need it will be addressed with 30-40 on-site parking spots located in the lot NW of the Anne Frank Memorial.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello S Evans, Great idea! The Library Campus, which will include the Main Library and the Center for Arts & History, will definitely act as a complement to the larger Cultural District, including the Idaho State Museum and the Boise Art Museum, and many other cultural organizations loosely bounded by State, 6th and 9th streets, and the Boise River. Stay tuned for more details soon!
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Diane, Safdie Architects was selected as Design Lead with award-winning local design firm, CSHQA as Executive Architect, after a competitive Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process. This RFQ was above a $25,000 dollar threshold and therefore could not be limited to local applicants only. That said, the RFQ required that firms located outside of Idaho team up with a local architecture firm.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Ann, we are working with the Wilcomb family, owners of the property at 618 S. 8th Street, to determine feasibility for redeveloping the property as a mixed-use facility. The facility would include a public parking garage with approximately 270 spaces. Accessibility for those who need it will be addressed with 40 on-site parking spots located in the lot NW of the Anne Frank Memorial. Planning is still underway, however we will make every effort to offer at least two hours of free parking to patrons.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Thomas, the current design goal is 300 parking spaces. We are working with the Wilcomb family, owners of the property at 618 S. 8th Street, to determine feasibility for redeveloping the property as a mixed-use facility. The facility would include a public parking garage with approximately 270 spaces. Accessibility for those who need it will be addressed with 40 on-site parking spots located in the lot NW of the Anne Frank Memorial. The area dedicated to Arts & History would not provide the necessary square footage for the required parking count.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Suzanne, while we cannot speak for Mr. Safdie, project goals driven by community input received during Spring ‘17 Design Thinking Workshops called for enhanced accessibility with the Boise Greenbelt and increased connectivity to the river corridor and natural environment. The architect team was provided this input and designed the concept with connectivity in mind, physically linking the city’s cultural, natural/recreational, and educational resources.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Lori, re: birdstrikes. We've heard this from a few people. Best practices for mitigating these strikes will be addressed in the schematic design phase of the project which focuses on building materiality, construction methodology, and architectural details. Stay tuned for an update about it soon.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Shannon, what a wonderful activity at the library and contribution to those in need! Limited accessible surface parking of approximately 40 spaces will be provided for people with a disability, for quick drop-off and pickup, or simply needing more time to access the building.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Ranelle, the City is committed to protecting the integrity of the historic structure, including the basement.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello E.B. Schofield, both the Capital and General Funds are projected to be balanced through 2025. In addition, the City has an emergency reserve fund that is approximately 8% of the General Fund budget. The project budget is $80 to $85 million; however, funding for this project is shared among four sources: Philanthropy $18 million, CCDC (parking garage) $15 million, City of Boise capital funds $15 million, long-term lease financing $32 to $37 million. Stay tuned for an update about budget soon!
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello E.B. Schofield, as you rightly point out, respondents to the 2018 Citizen Survey ranked Community Services, such as libraries, recreation programs, youth and senior programs, as a third-tier priority. That said, access to libraries and related programs was the second highest rated attribute contributing to Quality of Life, rated third only after Public Safety and the Environment. For details, please refer to pages 10 and 11 of the 2018 City of Boise Citizen Survey. https://mayor.cityofboise.org/media/536435/2018-Boise-Citizen-Survey.pdf
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Alex, the city entered into the current lease agreement with the owners of the property right across 8th and River streets during the Great Recession. The company was considering leaving Boise after they had outgrown their office space at the time and the city was eager to encourage a great Boise company to remain in Boise during difficult economic times. A long-term lease was negotiated so that the property owners could secure the funds needed to make renovations and repairs to the building, which was in poor condition at the time.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Christine, we've heard this from a few people. The riparian habitat is part of what makes Boise so great! Bird strikes are a common concern when designing and building with glass. Best practices for mitigating these strikes will be addressed in the schematic design phase of the project (see timeline) which focuses on building materiality, construction methodology, and architectural details.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Kaye, thanks for commenting! Parking will be expanded by building a parking garage across River Street that will have approximately 300 spaces dedicated to the Library. In addition, limited accessible surface parking of approximately 40 spaces located in the lot NW of the Anne Frank Memorial will be provided for people with a disability or for a quick drop-off or pickup.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello John, we've heard this from a few people. The site of Biomark was considered, however, Biomark’s current lease would be too expensive to buy out. The city entered into the current lease agreement with the property owners during the Great Recession. The company was considering leaving Boise after they had outgrown their office space at the time and the city was eager to encourage a great Boise company to remain in Boise during difficult economic times. A long-term lease was negotiated so that the property owners could secure the funds needed to make renovations and repairs to the building, which was in poor condition at the time.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 9 months, 1 week ago
Hi Christine, Yes, approximately $5.5 will go to CSHQA and KPFF, structural engineers.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 9 months, 3 weeks ago
Hello April, we understand your concern. Creating adequate and accessible parking for this project is a key priority. To accommodate the design goal of 300 spaces, the City of Boise is keeping 30-40 accessible surface parking spots in the lot NW of the Anne Frank Memorial and purchasing parking from the neighboring development to accommodate approximately 270 additional spaces. Aspects of this project will be addressed during schematic design and a second round of public input will be help in the Spring.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 10 months, 1 week ago
Hello Ranelle, the City is working with an architect and construction manager to plan and design the relocation of the structure. The plan has not been developed at this time and we will update the public when it is completed. However, as previously stated, we are committed to protecting the integrity of the historic structure, including the basement, while balancing the needs of community partners to meet the greater community good.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 10 months, 1 week ago
Hello Paul, the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) published last fall on October 3, 2017, was open to all. Above a $25,000 dollar threshold, the City of Boise cannot limit the pool of candidates to local applicants only. That said, one of the requirements of the RFQ, if selected and located outside of Idaho, was to team up with a local architecture firm. Safdie Architects have teamed up and are working hand-in-hand with award-winning local design firm, CSHQA.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Colby and Bonnie, we couldn't agree more! Project goals driven by community input received in Spring ‘17 Design Thinking Workshops called for enhanced accessibility with the Boise Greenbelt and increased connectivity to the river corridor and natural environment. The architect team designed the concept with connectivity in mind. In the next public input opportunity, we will be able to share more around ped/bike accessibility.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Ranelle, we understand your concern, however the Cabin structure is not at risk. The City of Boise is committed to protecting the integrity of the historic structure, while balancing the needs of community partners to meet the greater community good. On Tuesday, Nov. 27, the Boise City Council voted 4-2 to relocate the Cabin to Julia Davis Park. However, the council will meet again in early January to decide where. Relocation of the Cabin will be a first priority to minimize impact on the Cabin organization's programming needs and the City of Boise is committed to pursuing and maintaining the Cabin's historic designation.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Kelee, to accommodate the design goal of 300 spaces, the City of Boise is working with the Wilcomb family, owners of the property at 618 S. 8th Street, to determine feasibility for redeveloping the property as a mixed use facility. The facility would include a public parking garage with approximately 270 spaces. 30-40 on-site parking spots would be located in the lot NW of the Anne Frank Memorial.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello Margaret, we evaluated underground parking and unfortunately, that option is cost prohibitive compared to keeping some accessible surface parking and purchasing parking from the neighboring development.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 1 month ago
Hello Paula, the books are staying and you will have ample opportunity to browse. We are adding an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) which will help increase our collection to approximately 1 million items, on par with libraries in cities the size of Boise. The system will house mostly duplicates, so if an item you are looking for is checked out, you will most likely be able to request it from the ASRS and get it in approximately 5 minutes.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 2 months ago
Hi Nicole, Great thoughts! We are working with the Cabin board and Executive Director to make sure that, whether the Cabin stays or moves, their programming will continue to flourish with easy access to downtown and the Main Library.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 2 months ago
Hi Kathy, thank you for sharing your concerns. We understand the riparian habitat is part of what makes Boise so great! Best practices for mitigating bird strikes will be addressed in the schematic design phase of the project (please see the timeline) and proactively integrated into the project.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 2 months ago
Hi Alex, thank you for sharing. Methods to mitigate bird strikes will be studied during the schematic design phase (please see the timeline) and proactively integrated into the project.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 2 months ago
Hi Matthew, All of these are excellent points. These considerations are part of the schematic design phase when detailed decisions on materials and sustainability are addressed. Keep following for updates as the project matures!
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 2 months ago
Thank you for your comment, Helen. We understand the riparian habitat is part of what makes Boise so great! Best practices for mitigating these strikes will be studied during design and proactively integrated into the project.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 2 months ago
Thank you, Jamie!
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 2 months ago
Hi George, Thank you for your comment. Need for a new space is driven by function, accessibility and long-term sustainability. The building program and supporting feasibility studies drove the design guidelines. In this public input period, we are looking for initial reaction to the exterior aesthetic. Our September public input period will look at the interior and more detailed use of the building. We hope to create a facility that is both functional and beautiful!
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 2 months ago
Hi Sharon, we will do everything we can to keep at least the first two hours free for our customers. It is still early in the lifespan of this project; we will keep everyone posted as details unfold.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 2 months ago
Hi Carole, thank you for sharing this unique perspective. We have been working very closely with the Cabin Board and Executive Director throughout this process and are committed to reaching an outcome where programming will continue to thrive.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 2 months ago
Hi Amy, We are so glad you could use the curbside pickup option when you needed it! There will be a wide range of spaces to suit the needs of our customers and programming--from quiet reading or study spaces to collaborative meeting rooms and community gathering spaces. P.S. The Library now offers a personal shopper service that you can utilize with curbside pickup - check it out! https://www.boisepubliclibrary.org/books-movies-and-music/personal-shopper/
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 2 months ago
Hi Margie, thank you for your comment. The Boise City Department of Arts & History is focused on local arts, history, and cultural programming. We see the gallery space as a complement to the Boise Art Museum, which focuses largely on bringing high-caliber regional and national fine arts and visual exhibitions to our community. Our exhibit space—a part of a larger cultural center—would give us the opportunity to showcase the work of local artists, historians and other creatives and ensure a sense of place.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 2 months ago
Hello Scott, thank you for your comment and suggestion. Unfortunately, the City no longer owns the Armory.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 2 months ago
Yes, absolutely. The project is still in the conceptual phase of the project so there is much work remaining. In this first series of Open Houses, we are looking for community response to the proposed concept design. Additional detail on the parking solution and location of the Cabin will provided during the second series of Open Houses in September.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 2 months ago
:) These are all fantastic ideas, Talitha - keep them coming!
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 2 months ago
Hi Pamela, we share your concern! The design team is well-versed on bird strike mitigation and will be addressing solutions during the schematic design phase of the project. We will keep everyone posted as we go!
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 2 months ago
Hi Brooke, we currently have 102 parking spaces at the current Main Library with a design goal of adding about 200 more. On-site parking will be available for 40-50 spots in the lot to the west of the Anne Frank Memorial. We are in the process of negotiating space for 250+/- garaged parking spots with an adjacent property owner and expect to present parking solution details in our second set of Open Houses at the end of September.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 2 months ago
We love this idea, Jim! This is certainly something we hope to do once the design advances further - stay tuned!
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 2 months ago
Yes, absolutely!
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 2 months ago
Hi Jamie, the initial design concept for the library facility will enable us to double our collection, from about 400-500,000 items to about 1 million, which is on par with a city our size.
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 2 months ago
Hi Kevin, thank you for your question. The Boise City Department of Arts & History is located at City Hall, but lacks space and a visible storefront to make cultural resources and programming accessible to the public. The department focuses on Boise art, history and culture. The Event Space would be an all-ages, flexible, affordable 300-seat event and performance space accommodating a variety of disciplines and engagement. A Performing Arts Facility study is available here: https://res.cloudinary.com/courbanize-production/image/upload/v1/timeline_events/lcrxdfxittagp4mftno2
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 2 months ago
Thank you for your comment Pamela! Access is deeply embedded in the Library's mission and, as always, all will be welcome. The design team is sensitive the riparian habitat and will be looking at various solutions for mitigating bird strikes in the schematic design phase (coming up next when materials are addressed).
City of Boise commented on Main Library Campus 1 year, 2 months ago
Hi Kevin, Parking is one of our top priorities! The project team is working with an adjacent property on plans for a parking garage that include 250 spaces. There will be an additional 40-50 spaces on-site to the west of the Anne Frank Memorial.