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Bricks tumble off Bouquet building, forcing alley closure

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The old Bouquet building has been vacant for more than two years – but it briefly became a hub of activity over the weekend.

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Fire crews responded after bricks from the fourth story of the building spilled into the back alley behind the historic structure at 1010 Main.  Boise Fire Deputy Chief Romeo Gervais tells BoiseDev his crews responded and found some water had leaked into the building, possibly eroding bricks and causing them to collapse into the alley.

BFD informed the building department, which is working with the building owner to determine what the next steps are.

The alley behind the building is barricaded off to the public.

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Due to the holiday, calls to the building department went unanswered Monday.

BoiseDev.com reported last July that a Boise native chef with an NYC pedigree planned to build a restaurant in the space. Despite permits being filed, little to no work was completed in the space.  Request for comment from that restauranteur, Calvert Elliot, went unanswered last fall when we were looking for an update.

The four-story building was built in 1910, and has served a variety of purposes – including a theater, hotel and Blues Bouquet bar. It has been vacant since 2015.

Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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