Posted April 5, 2017
Mayor Bieter announced the 2017 Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant awards on March 23.
Great news to share! Phase I of The Ustick Townsite Beautification Project was funded at $106,215 for landscaping and Signage and $6,000.00 for Historical Interpretation Signage. It will be so exciting to watch the Ustick Townsite being transformed into a beautiful area we can all be proud of! Many thanks to Cindy Ritchie, Barb Bancroft and Janie Hawes for their countless volunteer hours and passion for this project!! Our project manager from Boise City is Leon Letson and we look forward to working with him throughout the summer to complete landscaping and historical signage in the Townsite.
Energize Our Neighborhoods will be partnering with West Valley Neighborhood Association this spring in a "Visioning" exercise in which West Boise residents will have an opportunity to share their vision to improve our neighborhoods with Boise city planning officials. We will keep you updated on dates, times and locations of Visioning meetings. We hope you plan to attend to give your input!
Posted November 28, 2016
If approved, the grant will provide funding for phase one of the Ustick Townsite Project. Phase one includes landscaping the north and south side of Ustick from North Bryson Way to Wildwood St. Take a look at the beautiful concept design! Grant recipients should be announced in February 2017 and if our grant is awarded, landscaping on the project will begin during the spring of 2017.
The grassroots team, working with Boise City Planning & Development, volunteered more than 600 hours in bringing this project to life. Our team recently met with Melinda McGoldrick of Energize Our Neighborhoods to begin planning for a Ustick Townsite Farmer's Market at Redwood Park beginning in the summer of June 2017. There are so many exciting things to look forward to as the Ustick Townsite Beautification Project moves forward.
Thanks to the Ustick Apple Blossom Club for their donation of $200.00 toward the project. We are now able to take cash donations through the West Valley Neighborhood Association. Please consider donating to help make West Boise the most livable and beautiful part of Boise!
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Posted August 8, 2016
During the tour we were able to share the design concept plan with the Mayor, discuss the history of the townsite and the role Boise City Arts and History will play in developing historical interpretive displays in the townsite. Energize Our Neighborhoods program coordinator, Melinda McGoldrick was on hand to share information about future collaboration between West Valley Neighborhood Association and the Energize program.
Mayor Bieter toured the industrial kitchen operating at the Merc and was treated to samples of salsa, tamales, scones and energy bars that are produced in the kitchen. Chrystal Madril, owner of Madril's Beauty Salon operating out of the old Ustick Bank, toured the Mayor through her shop and showed him the antique bank vault that still exists in the building. The Mayor was impressed with Redwood Park, the Shamrock Bicycle path, the Ustick School, Dr. Harlan Ustick's homestead and the new residential development currently underway in the Ustick Townsite.
It was an honor for our team to have this opportunity to spend time with the Mayor to share the Ustick Townsite concept design with him. We appreciate his interest and support of the Ustick Townsite Beautification project!
Our vision for the Ustick Townsite Beautification Project is to awaken the collective memory of the historic agricultural community in West Boise - Ustick Village. At its prime, Ustick was a bustling agricultural town surrounded by orchards and energized by a small farming community. The townsite was complete with a bank, a creamery, a school, and its own Mercantile, where produce was weighed and shipped via the local railway system “The Interurban” to destinations east and west. These buildings have withstood the test of time and still stand in the townsite and continue to be utilized as business ventures.
Urban sprawl has nearly decimated the character and historical significance of the Ustick Townsite. Ustick Road, a two-lane road once shaded by a canopy of poplar trees served as the trolley line for the Boise Valley Railway which ran from Caldwell to Boise. The beautiful canopy of trees is gone and what was once a tree-lined Ustick Road is now a five lane highway to Meridian.
Our vision includes a re-birth of this once thriving community by working with Boise City and community partners to re-create a pedestrian friendly neighborhood in which West Boise residents can once again connect and commune. Our vision includes trees, landscaping, historical street lamps, sculpture and artwork that will soften the area to make it a pleasant place to walk and bicycle. We also envision a welcoming place with shops that are within easy walking distance and historical interpretative signage to educate the public about the townsite of Ustick. Future development of walking paths and inclusion in the West Boise comprehensive plan could include routes along the irrigation ditches leading to Comba Park.
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