Crews Begin Ambitious Boise Project to Upgrade Vista Neighborhood House 

click to enlarge Crews began renovations at 2108 Atlantic Street - GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice
  • Crews began renovations at 2108 Atlantic Street
Remodeling crews were out early Thursday morning, beginning the task of ripping out floor boards and counter tops from a rather nondescript home on the 2100 block of Boise's Atlantic Avenue. At first (and second and third) look at the single-level, three bedroom, one bath house, it is only one of scores of homes lining Atlantic Street in Boise's Vista neighborhood. But in fact, it will soon become a centerpiece of the city's ambitious Energize Our Neighborhoods initiative.

Soon enough, the Boise City-owned home, which was built in 1961, will be stripped and gutted and upgraded into what city officials say will be a "low cost/no cost" project that will introduce energy efficiency and sustainability to the neighborhood.

"Imagine people walking through the home, and we['ll] go from room to room showing them what we've done; but then we'll give neighbors a series of options on widows, insulation, you name it," said Steve Burgos, environment manager for the City of Boise. "Then, picture us showing them what happens the second that you turn on another set of lights or the dishwasher or an appliance. We're envisioning a demonstration that shows real-time impacts from the choices we make and the behavior that we continue."

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