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Bieter to ask Council to “reset” Library project

Posted: 12:11 PM, Nov 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-12 13:58:39-05

BOISE, Idaho — As a next step in his move to “pause” the controversial Main Library Project –- controversial mainly due to the estimated $85 million price tag -- Boise Mayor Dave Bieter announced Monday he will recommend to the City Council “an immediate reset to the project,” according to a news release from Bieter’s Campaign manager, Robert West.

“The pause was in response to estimated costs going beyond the initial budget set by the City Council and the need for further dialogue with the community,” West stated. “Last Tuesday, Boise voters reinforced the need to start fresh.”

“A new Main Library is vital to our community and I am committed to seeing one built, but last Tuesday voters made it clear they want to see a different version of the project,” Bieter said. “I have heard them and agree we need another robust, community-wide
conversation to see the completion of the project -- along with our priorities of increasing affordable housing and improving transportation across every neighborhood.”

Bieter’s recommendation for an immediate reset to the Main Library project will go before Boise’s City Council for approval.

Bieter is set to face off against Boise City Council member Lauren McLean in a December 3 run-off.