Boise Mayor David Bieter is proposing to spend $33.8 million on several city projects, including remodels and upgrades at four fire stations and the construction of a new fire training facility.
Bieter wants to build a new central district police station and create or expand six parks with amenities including restrooms, picnic shelters, playgrounds and sports courts. He also hopes to purchase open space in the Boise foothills. The work would be paid for with a bond package that could end up on the November ballot.
Asked about the fire stations and training facility, city spokesman Adam Park said several stations are outdated. For example, Fire Station #4 on Ustick Road, built in 1972, doesn’t have enough space to accommodate modern equipment. Rebuilding the station is expected to cost $2.5 million.
“It provides a vital service, yet the current facility can’t house [a ladder truck],” Park said.
The new fire training facility would be built on city property next to the West Boise Wastewater treatment facility at a cost of $6.8 million, Park said. It would replace the current building on Shoreline Drive, which is “not equipped as a training facility for modern buildings,” he said.
An exact location hasn’t been determined for the construction or renovation of an existing building to house the central district police station. Park said it would be easily accessible in or near the downtown Boise core. The existing City Hall West will remain as the headquarters for police services in West Boise.
The mayor had originally considered building and expanding two new libraries, one in Southeast Boise and another on the Boise Bench, as part of the proposed bond issue. Park said those projects will be funded separately within a year to 18 months.
The city will present the bond package to the public at three open houses later this month in Boise. Following that process, the city council will decide whether to place the proposed bond plan on the November ballot.