- Jessica Murri
- Bread and Circus played at Boise Hive's fundraising concert on Oct. 8, just moments before Juta Geurtsen delivered her good news.
Only a couple of weeks before, Geurtsen had learned that the owners of the building that houses the Boise Hive— devoted to providing inexpensive rehearsal space and mental health resources to local musicians and artists— had received a cash offer for $210,000, meaning that the young nonprofit might have to vacate the premises. . The building at 3907 Custer Drive had been up for sale for more than a year, but with little interest. But the prospective buyers, according to Geurtsen, planned to turn it into a warehouse.
The offer came as a shock to the nonprofit and Geurtsen put a fundraising campaign into place to raise $75,000 over the course of 15 days. That $75,000 would be matched by an investor and used to buy the building. On Oct. 8, the day before the money was needed to counteroffer, a GoFundMe campaign had raised less than half.
Regardless, Geurtsen addressed a crowd of 75 people at Thursday night's fundraising event with what she said was good news.
"The GoFundMe campaign gave us the ability to put an offer on this building, securing it for another 30 days," she said. The crowd erupted in cheers.
She explained since Boise Hive is the current tenant, it gets first right of refusal to buy the building. Putting down a $30,000 offer from the money donated over the course of a week will knock the other offer off the table and give the nonprofit 30 more days to come up with the full $210,000.
Geurtsen hinted there may be a community member interested in buying the building and leasing it back to the nonprofit.
"Nothing's official until it's on paper," she said, "but we're pretty confident we found someone willing to do that."