"But when I walked into that building, I felt like I was doing something profound," he said. "It was pulling me up to do big things."
Now as Mayor, Bieter champions libraries, working to build a network of branches across his hometown. And Thursday morning, he helped swing open the doors of the Library at Bown Crossing, the fifth branch in Boise library network (including the main branch on Capitol Boulevard).
Seven years in the planning, the 16,000-square-foot Bown Crossing branch is unlike any of the others, with its spectacular fireplace, 28 public computers, multiple study and meeting rooms, and 40,000 lending items. The building also has several sustainability features.
- George Prentice
- Elected officials stepped aside to let City of Boise department heads cut the ribbon to open the Library at Bown Crossing.
Meanwhile, Booe and Bieter have their sights set on the next big library project, the biggest in the history of Boise. Bieter confirmed the effort is underway to build a new main library on Capitol Boulevard (where the main branch is now).
"We're going to make it happen," said Bieter. "It should be about a $50 to $60 million effort. We're scoping the project right now. We're looking for philanthropy and digging into the city budget. Our main goal is to have a new main library open by 2020."