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Toaster on a roll: Unique McCall building rolls to new life as affordable housing

The City of McCall made a move to bring more housing options to the community. 

The “toaster” a structure built in 2015 at 111 W Lake St. that sat waiting for demolition, was donated to the city late last year. That structure was relocated earlier this week to 1614 Davis Avenue.

As BoiseDev reported earlier, the structure would be moved and remodeled to provide more housing options. The interior remodel has yet to happen.

“Local-housing preservation opportunities through structure donation may become increasingly important in this community, as we know the cost of new construction is a barrier to securing housing units for local workforce members across income levels, and redevelopment is an increasingly common occurrence,” the city’s Facebook post said. “Rather than let quality housing units be demolished, we hope to give units a new purpose in our community. “

[‘Really innovative’: McCall building dubbed ‘The Toaster’ to be used for employee housing]

The toaster is about 1,100 square feet, made up of two beds, two baths, and a storage area.

When the project was presented to the council last December, Economic Development Director Michelle Groenevelt said this could serve as a “transition unit” for new city hires while they look for permanent housing. 

The city wrote that this project will be a “learning experience” for other structure relocation projects. 

“This project is serving as a learning experience and model for future structure relocation projects and partnerships, for both the public and private sector to learn from,” the post said.

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Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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