Main Library Campus

Boise, ID
A public center for knowledge, culture, and ideas.
City
approved
Phase
Approved
Library
115,000 sq. ft.
Arts & History Center
22,000 sq. ft.
Event Space
18,000 sq. ft.
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A hearing will be held to discuss the cabin next Tuesday, February 26th, at City Hall, 6:00 p.m. Testimony will be allowed but, at this point, the current options for the cabin will not be disclosed... Read more

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The city of Boise has taken a high hand and telling the community what we want. Anything that cost so much money and it's going to completely obliterate a historical monument must have public opinion and... Read more

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Love Love EVERYTHING about this project. As Boise evolves to a 1st class 21st Century City, I believe we need a 1st class Library, The location is perfect, the event center is fantastic. Cannot wait to... Read more

Unfortunately, moving the Cabin will have little to no impact on parking. I also love the design, but I wish it had come about as the result of a process that incorporated what our new library actually... Read more

she make such broad statements but I wonder if you live in the vicinity how it will impact you and your visits to the library I wonder if you really in the end a door ostentatious idea and I'm not being... Read more

Actually Tammy, I live very close to the Library and could walk or bike there, and yes I still love the plan. Change is hard - but believe that it is time for a world class Library - that will serve... Read more

Lynn, you are at an advantage that you live close by, how many current visitors do not? How many will opt to visit a branch library rather than deal with an adjacent parking garage? You use "1st class... Read more

I do not see the downtown as becoming " Unfriendly" at all. Change is hard for some, I would bet that the " new Library " will have users from all over the Boise area and beyond. Something for everyone.... Read more

Lynn, I believe you are a realtor with a downtown office; if so, you should identify yourself as one who may financially benefit from this project. And, please do not dismiss my concerns with the condescending,... Read more

Lynn, there are enough 1st class places. I moved to Boise to get out of one that was becoming impossible to live in due to entity, traffic, prices, etc. Do you really want Boise to become that? Perhaps... Read more

This is not about ME- it's about the Library. My trade has nothing to do with my opinion. It's JUST my opinion.

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The CABIN should remain in place. Save money on a move and keep history where it happened. The CABIN is central to a rich history of Boise including the Boise River Ferry, Oregon Trail Memorial Bridge... Read more

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The main library will provide open community space that is not possible in the current renovated plumbing warehouse. The branch libraries and the main library create a community-based system. The branch... Read more

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This is a great idea! About time Boise has a library like the one in Seattle or nearby metropolis.

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What do you like about the proposed design concept?

I'm greatly disappointed you didn't figure out a way to incorporate The Cabin in its original location into this design or campus. This new building should not forget our history.

Agree! K. Kustra is correct! The Cabin needs to be incorporated, not moved. Simple reason for me: I served on the board soon after the millennium and worked to raise funding (quilt sales, etc.) for... Read more

Go Kathy and Diane Plastino Graves, above! The problem here is The Cabin is plain and unassuming while the great architect's library is expected to be not just a place for readers and learners but a shining... Read more

It is just too big....it seems cost prohibitive to maintain....how much will maintenance cost on a building that size? I read the original study from 2014 and the original cost was 45 million....now it... Read more

Another cost issue is that the cabin was just brought up to ADA standards to the tune of many thousands of tax dollars.....why destroy or move it? I am for historic preservation....I can't believe we are... Read more

for so many years we have watched the destruction and removal of so many of our storical landmarks and wonder where they are today. There was an article I read that stated hollowell the director of Parks... Read more

I think we have sufficient “shining icons” in Boise in the form of a river, some foothills, and a wonderful populace, thank you. A Massachusetts architect’s “vision” for our city cannot embelish on the... Read more

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I'm thrilled that Boise will finally have a new library and I wish people would stop complaining about it. We have needed one for a long time. Other cities can do it, why not Boise?

respectfully I say to you it's not a matter of not wanting to improve our library situation, it is the ostentatious, and a complete regard for our heritage.

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The elected government here in my opinion has been weighed measured and found wanting...

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Why did the mayor and council sign a long term 45-year lease with Rocky Mountain Development (sub lease to Biomart) on the adjacent city property purchased in 2002 for 1.5 million for library expansion?... Read more

My reply hypothetical situation that perhaps this was a plant thought-out well performed idea

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I was at that meeting November 27, 2018. There was no “review” or “careful consideration” of those 322 comments. City staff just mentioned it, —and mentioned that 60% of the commenters wanted the cabin... Read more

Thank you. I am also very tired of the city's intentionally misleading comments that do not typically address the posted concern, and add only positives to the city's position. I feel steamrolled by those... Read more

We are being "steamrolled! We elect them to represent us & give careful consideration to what we want & then we get what they or someone else in city government tells them they want. The answer is to VOTE... Read more

I hope that everyone is aware of a petition on change.org on behalf of our cabin I'll try to load up the blank

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Beautiful. Boise is becoming an amazing city. This library shows the commitment of the public to future generations.

From what 'Im reading here there may be commitment of the public to a new library, but NOT! on this site if it involves molesting the historic Cabin in any way, i e: moving it from it's present location.

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The new library needs plenty of convenient parking as well as a place to pick up books being held.

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When are the next design open houses? The city has been awfully quiet except for approving arch fee?

Sure has been quiet. Accountability requires two way communication city folks.

The timeline tab was recently updated and now shows Spring 2019 for next public input. The wording for that also changed. It used to say something to the effect of giving input on how well architect had... Read more

The city said they would work to mitigate bird strikes on all that glass, I have no idea how that will be accomplished.

("how that will be accomplished") Neither does the city, they'll say whatever they think will mollify the citizens who are opposed to this folly that hasn't been voted on (crammed down our throats).

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$11,185,236 Let that number sink in. $11,185,236 that was buried in a consent item of a nearly 2000 page agenda packet. $11,185,236 is the amount that Boise City Council just approved for Safdie to continue... Read more

Why wasn't a locale architect used? 11.185 million for the architect is outrageous

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... Read more

The bottom line is the price is ridiculous over-the-top just amazingly out of touch with what and who Boise is .

Can you tell us if CSHQA is being paid from that 11.1 million? Thank you.

Hi Christine, Yes, approximately $5.5 will go to CSHQA and KPFF, structural engineers.

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