At long last, Northwest Boise is getting a fire station.
On Tuesday, Boise City Council unanimously voted to purchase two pieces of property at the corner of State Street and Bogart Lane to construct a fire station the portion of the city annexed in 2014. The Northwest Neighborhood Association and other nearby residents have been fighting for a station in the area in recent years, especially in the wake of development continuing to move toward the boundary with Eagle as the city grows.
McLean said she is glad to see the project move ahead after years of frustration from neighbors about fire response times.
“This is a goal we’ve had the last two years that we made clear it was a goal for us because it’s been so important for Northwest Boise,” she said. “I am so glad we’ve been able to move forward, close on this, and start the conversation on design as well as what’s next for (the parcel on Gary Lane). This goes without saying, but it’s key to supporting our residents and the growth occurring in this city and this region.”
Thumbs up from neighbors, but with a caveat
The cost of the two parcels, totaling 4.29 acres, is $5 million. The owner of the parcel is JRL Properties, the same owner as the nearby Prominence subdivision along Old Hill Road Parkway. City spokesperson Justin Corr told BoiseDev last week the property was identified with the help of Boise Fire Department, North Ada County Fire and Rescue and the Eagle Fire Department for its ideal location for fire service and the owner of the property was purely a coincidence.
Northwest Neighborhood Association President Richard Llewellyn was pleased with the site, but he expressed concern the site did not take into consideration residents of in the Pierce Park and Collister areas who will be further from the station.
“This is good news for our far North West Neighborhood, as, once built and manned, this Fire Station will fulfill a commitment by the City of Boise to provide the required Fire Coverage to our newly annexed areas,” he wrote in an email. “This will also allow the Gary Lane parcel to fulfill its promise as a Neighborhood Park to comply with the Level of Service standards for Park Impact Fees. However, we remain concerned for the safety of the areas to the east of the North West Neighborhood– the Pierce Park and Collister Neighborhoods, which will still require a Fire Station to fill a gap in service coverage first noted during the Quail Ridge application process in 1988.”
Third time’s the charm
This concludes years of back and forth on where the station would go.
In June 2019, Boise City Council gave the green light for former Fire Chief Dennis Doan to proceed building a fire station near Gary Lane and Tobi Street. The plan called for collaboration with North Ada County Fire and Rescue to share the costs of building the Northwest Boise station. That would allow NACFR to shutter an aging station on Glenwood Street in a floodplain.
These plans changed earlier this year when NACFR announced they would like to keep their Glenwood Station open after all and the Eagle Fire Department opted to move its station on Floating Feather Road. The Gary Lane site followed years of plans for a station on Pierce Park Lane, which was approved in 2010 and later moved to Gary Lane by former Fire Chief Dennis Doan.