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Boise of­fi­cials ap­prove an $11 mil­lion con­tract with famed ar­chi­tect Moshe Safdie for work on a new main li­brary.

Boise of­fi­cials have ap­proved an $11 mil­lion con­tract with a famed ar­chi­tect for work on a new main li­brary bud­geted to cost $85 mil­lion.

The Idaho Press re­ported that the Boise City Coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved the con­tract Tues­day with Moshe Safdie’s firm on a li­brary that could be fin­ished in the spring of 2022.

Safdie’s ini­tial de­sign car­ried an es­ti­mated cost of $104 mil­lion, well above the city’s max­i­mum bud­get of $85 mil­lion. As a re­sult, the city has made some changes, in­clud­ing de­lay­ing build­ing an events cen­ter planned as part of the project. It was ex­pected to cost $9 mil­lion.

Shawn Wilson, Boise’s cap­i­tal projects man­ager, said a de­lay might not be needed.

“In case fundrais­ing ex­ceeds ex­pec­ta­tions or we get lucky and the bid­ding process works in our fa­vor, it could be an op­por­tu­nity to get more scope built, so we’re look­ing at what’s flex­i­ble,” Wilson said.

About $18 mil­lion for the project is com­ing from do­na­tions, $15 mil­lion from ur­ban re­newal money, $15 mil­lion from the city bud­get and at least $32 mil­lion in fi­nanc­ing.

Mike Journee, city spokesman, said the city is still fi­nal­iz­ing de­tails on fi­nanc­ing the project.

City of­fi­cials in May awarded a $20,000 con­sult­ing con­tract to Gard­ner Con­struc­tion, Ok­land Con­struc­tion and Jordan-Wil­comb Con­struc­tion.

Last week, the City Coun­cil voted to move the 78-year-old Cabin build­ing to Ju­lia Davis Park to make way for the li­brary. The Cabin’s lo­ca­tion has been a point of con­tention for those who say a new li­brary should not force the build­ing from its site.

Of­fi­cials say a de­sign will be fin­ished this spring, with the pub­lic get­ting a chance to com­ment on how to fin­ish the project within the bud­get.

KATHER­INE JONES [email protected]­hostates­

Ar­chi­tect Moshe Safdie vis­its Boise in Septem­ber to talk about his de­sign for a new main li­brary. The Boise City Coun­cil has ap­proved a con­tract with Safdie’s firm.

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