Improvements on tap for Boise shelter

By Sven BergApril 26, 2013 

Nearly $200,000 of federal grant money would pay for plumbing upgrades and new facilities at Interfaith Sanctuary on West River Street in Boise.

The Boise City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on applying the grant money for the improvements. If the council approves the measure, Interfaith Sanctuary will immediately begin a bidding process to find a contractor to do the work, executive director Jayne Sorrels said.

"There's no reason to hold up for anything," Sorrels said.

It's hard to predict how long the project will take, she said, but shelter staff hope to have the improvements done by November.

According to a staff report from the Boise Housing and Community Development Division, upgrades include a new women's restroom and multi-shower facility, water heaters and a circulating system. Better plumbing, remodeled existing showers and restrooms, a reconfigured women's sleeping area and a separate family hospitality area are also planned.

This is the last major piece of improvements called for in a years-old plan to renovate the building, which Interfaith Sanctuary bought in 2007, Sorrels said. Already completed improvements include a new roof, HVAC system, sprinkler system, men's bathrooms and fire alarms.

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