The City of Boise is about to move forward with the construction of Fire Station 13, which will serve the northwest portion of the city.
Last year, the city signaled it would move forward with the project at the corner of State St. and Bogart Ln., after years of requests and frustrations from residents in the area. Boise annexed the area in 2014. The site replaced previous concepts on Gary Lane, and before that on Pierce Park Ln.
In addition to space for Boise Fire, the building will include “touch down” workstations for Boise Police Department officers, as well as possible future use by Ada County Paramedics. It will include space for six fire employees and four BPD officers. It will include a bay for a fire engine and a brush truck, which would aid in fire calls in the foothills.
“We think this is a model for the future where you have fire and police in the same building,” Boise Fire Chief Mark Niemeyer said. “We think it’s a great partnership and puts us even closer together. We believe this model is a model toward the future of growth.”
He said the possibility of a future ambulance bay is a “smart move” for the future.
“We went out of our way to make it a true public safety building,” Boise Facilities Manager Shawn Wilson said. “It has a common workout area, and police access to the kitchen that fire typically uses.”
The building will be oriented to the corner of State and Bogart. Early designs feature a large pole with a Roman numeral 13 outside. Behind the building, parking will be provided. Fire engines will exit on Bogart, and can control the State and Bogart intersection to quickly respond to calls.
An area on the east side of the site has an as-yet undetermined use. Wilson said the city has talked to Parks & Recreation and other departments about possible uses for the remaining land.
Wilson said construction on the fire station could start by the end of this year.