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New food delivery hub for California ‘cloud kitchen’ company planned for old HVAC business in Downtown Boise

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A new food delivery service is planned for the old Creamer Heating & Air Conditioning building in Boise. 

Richardson Design Partnership applied to convert the building at 1744 W. Main Street into the West End Food Hub. The plan calls for a makeover of the vacant building that would turn the space into a commercial kitchen with 15 areas available for lease to different restaurant owners.  Cloud Kitchens of California will operate the facility. It’s the company’s first Idaho project. Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is the CEO of Cloud Kitchens.

The old Creamer building dates to 1948. The vintage signage on the building will remain and see refurbishment.

The project description said this would bring 50 permanent jobs. 

Every 200 to 300 square feet is planned to have all necessary kitchen equipment readily available to allow prep for delivery. The application said there would be no dining on-site or takeout. 

The owners of the building have a shared parking agreement with New Life Church that will be used for staff and delivery.

Public support

The application was heard at the Capital City Development Corp meeting Monday to request help through the Type 1 Participation Program, an application that helps fund public improvements on smaller projects. The application said they are requesting assistance to improve the sidewalks, upgrade the electrical transformer, and add a new streetlight. 

“The neat thing about this is it allows folks to start up a kitchen with much less overhead than a food truck or traditional bricks and mortar,” Kevin Holmes with CCDC said.

The 5,958 square foot building also comes with a restroom and storage space.  The rendering shown depicts a takeout window, but Holmes said that won’t be part of the final project.

“I do think it’s unfortunate the takeout element isn’t there anymore due to the activation element.
Boise Mayor Lauren McLean, who sits on the CCDC board, said. “That said, this is a very small investment in infrastructure that’s needed for the block, but I think this is a great way to provide support for food entrepreneurs in Boise who want to grow their business.”

The total investment in the project is $2-million, according to Holmes.

BoiseDev’s Don Day contributed reporting.

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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