The Idaho Falls Redevelopment Agency has issued a request for proposals from developers interested in taking on a new downtown revitalization project.
The subject is a historic downtown building at 336 Park Avenue that has been vacant for several years. The agency says the building has come into disrepair as a result, although it is located in a favorable location. The goal is to restore it to a safe, functional structure with new and active uses.
According to Lee Radford, the Chair of the Agency, “This building is historic and beautiful. With care in its renovation, the Agency believes that this building can continue to serve downtown Idaho Falls, while at the same time retaining its tradition and elegance. The Agency is looking forward to some innovative proposals from creative developers who want to be part of the strength of downtown Idaho Falls.”
The structure was built in 1896 for use as a printing service and drug store.
From 1905 to 1921 it operated as a saloon and billiards parlor on the main floor and lodging on the upper floor.
There’s no written history on it from 1921 to 1946. From 1946 to 1954, property uses included the Kellar Cigar Store, the Alaska Bar, the Spud Bar, and Billiards.
In 1956, it converted to retail and service uses. It was Young Town Clothing in 1956, Green’s Apparel from 1959 to 1968 and in 1970 became home of Pfaff Sewing Center. Pfaff occupied the building until about 2015 and it has been vacant ever since.
The Redevelopment Agency said the current owners of the property are anxious to see it developed in the best interests of the community.
More information about the building and the RFP application are available here.
Proposals are due to the Redevelopment Agency by November 8, 2018.