Eagle urban renewal rending

Marissa & Marina Imports, LLC and The Pacific Companies submitted a proposal, seen here, to redevelop a portion of downtown Eagle on East State Street, between Eagle Road and North First Street. The Eagle Urban Renewal Agency on Tuesday approved the proposal.

EAGLE — If all goes as planned, downtown Eagle will have two new multistory buildings with retail, restaurants and office space by December 2022.

The Eagle Urban Renewal Agency on Tuesday accepted a proposal to redevelop a block of downtown Eagle into a two-story building and three-story building on East State Street, between Eagle Road and North First Street.

The proposal was a response to an urban renewal agency request seeking redevelopment for 67 E. State St. — the property where the Eagle Museum of History and Preservation sits. The proposal incorporates the Wild West Home of Mamma Italia and Eagle Barber Shop properties and two adjacent properties.

The project is being developed by Marissa & Marina Imports, LLC — the operating entity for Wild West restaurant — and The Pacific Companies, one of the developers behind another project in downtown Meridian.

The development will be a “catalyst project” that will set the tone for the rest of downtown Eagle, said Robin Collins, executive director of the Eagle Urban Renewal Agency. She said the project will bring new businesses and people to downtown, and spur develop throughout the corridor.

The first building in their proposal includes:

5,500 square feet of retail and restaurant space on the first floor

7,700 square feet of office space on the second floor

Three two-bedroom residential units and four one-bedroom residential units on the third floor

The second building includes:

2,400 square feet of retail and restaurant on the first floor

2,400 square feet of office space on the second floor

After the project is done, the Wild West restaurant will relocate to one of the new buildings, according to the proposal. Demolition and new construction will be phased to keep the current retailers open as long as possible.

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The project site is less than an acre. Before construction starts, Pacific Companies will need to acquire the Eagle Barber Shop building — currently owned by the Alamosa Group LLC.

Vince Medina, co-owner of the Alamosa Group, said he had spoken with a developer about selling the property about a month ago and was waiting for them to send over something in writing. Medina said he was open to conversations about selling or redeveloping the property.

“We want Eagle to look wonderful, so we are all in,” he said.

Collins said even if developers aren’t able to acquire the Eagle Barber Shop property, they could still move forward by building a smaller, second building or waiting longer to build so they can come to an agreement.

WHERE IS THE MUSEUM GOING?

In order to give employees more space and the Eagle Museum a bigger building, the city of Eagle bought property at the end of First Street in May for $1.15 million. The property includes an office building, a recreation center and the old St. Matthew’s Catholic Church building, according to city spokeswoman Ellen Mattila.

When the city finishes renovations of the office building, the city’s four Parks and Recreation employees will move in — leaving room for museum staff to have office space as well. Mattila said the city is hoping to move them in around Thanksgiving. At the moment, the four Parks and Recreation staff members are crammed into what used to be a conference room in Eagle City Hall, Mattila said.

City officials plan to move the museum into the old St. Matthew’s church, although a moving date hasn’t been set. The church was built in 1937, and the building needs new paint, new flooring and a new front door. Staff also need to install UV-free lighting to protect the museum’s exhibits, Mattila said.

“It’s a really pretty feature,” she said. “We’re happy to be preserving that because if someone else bought it, there would be no guarantee that church would stay there.”

While the building the museum is in now is almost as old as the church — it was built in the 1940s — Mattila said from an architectural standpoint it doesn’t meet the criteria to be a historic building.

“It is sort of cinder-block square,” she said. “There aren’t a lot of notable features to that building.”

After deciding to move the museum, the city sold the museum building to the Eagle Urban Renewal Agency for $220,000 in July so it could be used in a redevelopment project. In August, the urban renewal agency put out a formal request for proposals to redevelop the building.

Patty Bowen is the Meridian Press reporter. You can reach her at pbowen@idahopress.com or follow her on Twitter @pattybowenMP.

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