Boise’s City Council has approved the purchase of a “gay bar,” the Lucky Dog Tavern, at 2223 Fairview with the intent of using it as a future substation.
Appropriately enough, the location was also once a donut shop.
The city acquired the property for $1.15 million but the city has an agreement that will allow the Lucky Dog to have enough time to find a new home. The building is currently owned by Sticknoth 160 LLC and is valued at $698,100.
Boise PD has a track record of opening assorted “substations,” but they have not provided any scheduled public access or services. The list includes the Albertson store at Vista and Overland, Oak Park Apartments on Vista, the public housing at Canal and Vista, the old Victors restaurant and motel (public housing) on Capitol Blvd. near University.
With the latest acquisition the GUARDIAN hopes the city council will provide enough funding so the police department can have the station staffed at least 12-16 hours a day. We are told that would cost about $150,000 a year. Currently about the only way to make contact with a Boise copper is to either place a phone call and wait for a dispatched response from an officer.
The concept of substations or “precincts” seems to have arrived with the massive growth and urban sprawl.
The Idaho Press quoted Council President Lauren Mclean saying, “We don’t take this purchase and the long term change lightly because gathering places for those who feel marginalized are so incredibly important.” Would her concerns be the same if they purchased a cowboy bar?
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