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February 22, 2018

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222 N 8th Street – Diablo & Sons Restaurant – Type One Participation Agreement Designation with Bittercreek/Red Feather LLC

CCDC, Boise’ redevelopment agency, will partner with Bittercreek/Red Feather LLC on its upcoming project at the corner of the Fidelity Building on 8th and Idaho Streets. During CCDC’s monthly board meeting on February 12,  the new project was determined eligible as a Type One Streetscape Grant Participation Agreement.

Fidelity Building Existing Conditions

Diablo & Sons, a new restaurant slated for the corner of the Fidelity Building on 8th and Idaho, is the reason for the interior and exterior remodel. The renovation is being done in conjunction with several other building improvements including installing new mechanical systems, and constructing a commercial kitchen in the basement. The owners of Bittercreek/ Red Feather are investing over $2 million in building upgrades.


The Fidelity Building was built in the early 1900’s and has seen many uses throughout the years. Most recently, Pollo Rey was located in the space and closed a few months ago to accommodate the new restaurant’s construction. The Diablo & Sons will feature Mexican fare with a focus on specialty Mezcal cocktails. The new space will have roll up garage doors to allow for indoor-outdoor dining experience, activating the street frontage.

Project Rendering

CCDC encourages owner/tenant improvements that refresh downtown buildings, strengthen occupancy, and enhance the public realm and pedestrian experience. As part of this project this building owners will install new awnings around the 1st floor of the building replacing the outdated, lower hanging canvas awnings. Because the sidewalks have already been improved consistent with CCDC’s streetscape standards the eligible costs will only include the proposed awnings.

In 2014, the Board of Commissioners approved CCDC’s Participation Program, which includes a Type 1 Streetscape Grant Reimbursement. The Type 1 program is intended to, “assist smaller projects on their own schedule, often triggered by a tenant improvement.” The grant will reimburse for up to $150,000 of eligible expenses, hard costs for streetscapes and public improvements. The Type 1 program can also include awnings located in the public right-of-way.

CCDC’s Participation Program Policy stipulates several criteria that awnings must meet in order to be considered eligible expenses, and the Fidelity Building awnings meet all of the specifications as follows:

  1. Awnings must be located in the right-of-way or included in a public easement: All awnings will be installed in the public ROW and will be included as eligible expenses.
  2. Awnings must provide functional services (shelter from sun, rain, etc.) to the public sidewalks and streetscapes: The Fidelity buildings awnings will be made with a sheet of powder coated steel and will protect the sidewalks from the elements.
  3. Awnings must extend at least 5 feet into the right-of-way: The awnings vary from 6’ to 12’ from the building face in the right-of-way.
  4. Awnings must cover over 75% of the ground-floor frontage: This project is unique as it is a remodel of a portion of an existing building. We are considering the project area to consist of the space being retrofitted, from the main lobby entrance on 8th and wrapping around the corner to the entrance to Pho Nouveau on Idaho Street. Project building frontage is 135 linear feet, and the awnings cover 122 linear feet = 91%.
  5. Awnings must be made of durable material (including but not limited to metal, polycarbonate, and durable fabric): The awnings will be fabricated out of steel, and will include a PVC membrane roofing and decorative tin ceiling paneling underneath.


Project Summary and Timeline:

  • 3,000 SF restaurant renovation
  • Located on 8th and Idaho Street (Central URD)
  • $2.2 Million estimated Total Development Costs
  • February 8, 2018 – DR approval (staff level)
  • February 12, 2018 – CCDC Board Type 1 Agreement Designation
  • March 12, 2018 – CCDC Board Approval of Type 1 Agreement
  • Spring 2018 – Construction Complete. Developer submits costs for reimbursement.

Attachment 1 – Site Map
Attachment 2 – Existing Conditions
Attachment 3 – Rendering
Attachment 4 – Public Improvement Plan