It has been a topic of conversation for years and this week, the Boise City Council will get an update on the proposed Bown Crossing Branch Library project, which includes an ambitious schedule that would see the doors of the new library swing open November 2016.
The Bown Crossing library would be framed by Riverside Elementary School to the west, East Boise Avenue to the south, Parkcenter Boulevard to the north and Bown Way to the east. Preliminary designs indicate that building materials would have regional and historic significance, including sandstone and natural timber accents. United Water has also been identified as a sponsor of a nearby garden. A so-called revised "hearth" design reveals a sitting room that would include a fireplace.
The $8.5 million project would be funded by approximately $1 million from Friends of the Boise Public Library and $7.5 million in city funds.
Portland, Ore.-based architects Fletcher, Farr and Ayotte have provided preliminary designs. According to city documents, bidding and permitting would occur August through September 2015, construction would begin November 2015 and would continue through November 14, 2016.
The Boise Council will receive the project update Tuesday, March 31.