Boise Mayor Dave Bieter is following in the steps of his predecessor, Brent Coles, by locking the general public out of the building they rallied to “save” under the previous administration.
If you pony up nearly a grand, Boise Parks will let you into the historic train depot which stands guard over the city at the south end of Capitol Boulevard facing the State Capitol at the other end.
The view from the bell tower is spectacular, but if you can’t afford to rent the place for the $900 minimum fee you can “forgetaboutit.” Sad state of affairs when citizens own a building used exclusively for commercial office space and social receptions. For a few years it was open to visitors, but only mornings and afternoons–it was CLOSED weekends and during lunch!
The Guardian thinks the public should have access to public buildings. City officials limit access only for those who can afford to rent it. If it costs $75,000 to run it for the public so be it. BUT if they have to keep the public out to rent it to a select few, it is best to sell it to a private high bidder…afterall it was owned by a private railroad for nearly a century, never went anywhere AND the Union Pacific would let you in!
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