Boise to exchange ageing downtown fireplace station, add affordable housing

Fireplace Station 5, found in between 15th and 16th streets, throughout from Rhodes Skate Park, is about 70 yrs aged.

The metropolis of Boise is planning to tear down and swap an ageing downtown hearth station as very well as increase an very affordable housing progress to the web site.

Fire Station 5, situated among 15th and 16th streets, throughout from Rhodes Skate Park, is about 70 decades aged. It’s the Boise Fire Department’s oldest asset, and it’s the busiest fireplace station in the condition. But the getting older building no lengthier fulfills the requirements of the firefighters stationed there, said Fire Main Mark Niemeyer.

“That’s our busiest fireplace station, downtown, and will carry on to be our busiest fireplace station for pretty a although,” he explained to the town council on Tuesday. “Knowing that enlargement, that expansion will come about, what’s the potential have to have there?”

Designed in the 1950s, the building’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing units are “past their handy daily life,” explained Shawn Wilson, Boise funds jobs manager. Additionally, the building’s composition does not satisfy modern day seismic code, and it lacks accessibility, according to modern day Us citizens with Disabilities Act specifications, Wilson mentioned.

Niemeyer claimed the station also does not have a devoted shop area, exactly where firefighters can get the job done on products and vans, nor an “extractor/decon” room, a area wherever firefighters’ outfits and gear can be isolated until eventually damaging carcinogens from smoke, soot, gases and other items triggered by combustion are eliminated.

“In today’s environment we’re seeking to decrease carcinogen exposure at each individual change that we can,” he explained.

Both features would be involved in a new station style, as would added dorms to accommodate a greater crew and extra area for an included emergency car.

Also integrated in the proposal is an very affordable housing development on the .85-acre website. Wilson said previous 12 months city leaders directed his office to research irrespective of whether the station web site could be co-located with a different metropolis precedence, these kinds of as cost-effective housing, to optimize the use of city-owned land.

“You can put a great deal on this site,” Wilson mentioned.

An early rendering exhibits a multistory apartment constructing, positioned east of the station, along 15th Road.

Neither the station nor the residences have been created. The challenge does not however have a cost estimate, claimed city spokesman Seth Ogilvie. That will come during the style and design process, which is anticipated to get started in fiscal calendar year 2022. Design, which should really past 12 to 18 months, could start off in fiscal yr 2023. 

The town council suggested Wilson and Niemeyer to go forward with the proposed way and timing for the job.

Fire Station 5 holds sentimental value for the department, Niemeyer stated, so some factors of the present building, this kind of as the brick facade and a wood flooring, can be salvaged or integrated into the new constructing. The new structure may also incorporate a local community space, exactly where citizens can interact with firefighters.

“We acquire pride in rolling up the doors at our hearth homes, in particular in the spring and summer season, to have interaction with our neighborhood, and we truly feel that this is a different good option to do just that, Niemeyer explained.

Metropolis Council President Elaine Clegg stated she was grateful the proposal integrated historical characteristics of the current fire station.

“I’m one particular of those people men and women who’s a minimal sentimental about this station, but I have to say, I was really impressed with the strategy, so much, to mirror the record of that time in hearth company and replicate the history of the city,” Clegg claimed.