Boise & Garden City

Material, equipment shortage delays Bown Crossing library opening

Workers prepare the roof of Boise’s new Bown Crossing library branch Aug. 10.
Workers prepare the roof of Boise’s new Bown Crossing library branch Aug. 10. Provided by city of Boise

Boise’s hot streak in development has delayed completion of the long-awaited Bown Crossing library branch until early March, library director Kevin Booe said Monday.

With several major construction projects underway in Boise and the rest of the Treasure Valley, the library has had to wait its turn for essential items such as steel girders and a crane, Booe said.

“That’s a good problem to have for the city, I guess,” he said.

The $8.8-million Bown Crossing library branch was originally scheduled for completion late this year. It will be the fourth branch, besides the main branch on Capitol Boulevard. In 2008 and 2009, the city opened branches on the corner of Cole and Ustick roads, the corner of Collister Drive and State Street, and in the Hillcrest Shopping Center on the corner of Orchard Street and Overland Road.

The Bown Crossing branch was made possible when Boise voters passed a bond in 2014 to pay for new and improved fire stations and a new firefighter training facility. That freed up taxpayer money for other projects, such as parks and the Bown Crossing branch.

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