Boise & Garden City

Preservation Idaho plans block party to mark shift in Boise’s Central Addition

Preservation Idaho will offer music, food and tours of the five historic homes on 5th Street that will be moved or dismantled in advance of a planned apartment project.

The May 2 event (a Saturday) is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and go to 4 p.m., said Dan Everhart, an architectural historian with Preservation Idaho. The section of 5th Street between Myrtle and Broad will be closed. People who want to drink alcohol will be encouraged to visit Boise Brewing on Broad Street between 5th and 6th streets, Everhart said.

For $5, people will have a chance to tour all five houses for perhaps the last time. After covering costs of the block party, Everhart said, Preservation Idaho will use all proceeds from the tours to invest in some way in the Central Addition neighborhood.

“This is an opportunity to acknowledge the neighborhood's residential past and look forward to its future,” he said. “We're not in mourning, but at the same time, this is an opportunity to say goodbye to this particular chapter in this neighborhood's history.”

LocalConstruct, the Los Angeles-based developer that remodeled Downtown Boise’s Owyhee Hotel, is planning a seven-story, 160-unit apartment project on the west side of 5th Street between Myrtle and Broad streets. LocalConstruct also owns the land on the east side of 5th Street and plans to expand its apartment project to that side.

Recently, the company announced it has found people to move two of the houses to locations near Downtown and will dismantle the two houses on the east side of 5th Street for reuse. Everhart, who’s spent years trying to solve the puzzle of what to do about the five vacant historic homes, said he’s ready to put the challenge behind him.

“I'm ready to not have Central Addition as something that I spend lots of time every day every week thinking about,” he said.