- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho developer plans to restore Nampa’s historic public library building to make room for three different businesses and possibly a rooftop garden.

The city’s urban renewal agency chose Mussell Construction to renovate the building, which was left vacant when a new library opened this year, reported The Idaho Press-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1UEIyfE).

The same developer worked on Nampa’s Masonic Temple, which now houses a 29 restaurant. Owner Mike Mussell said he wants to follow a similar process for the library building by renovating the interior while keeping the historic elements.

“I’m very excited,” Mussell said Wednesday. “It’s a cool old building, and I want to see it saved.”

He also told the Press-Tribune that he’s excited to be part of the revitalization of downtown Nampa.

Mussell’s proposal said construction would start in September 2016 or sooner. The company wants to renovate the building for three different kinds of businesses and maybe add a rooftop garden to bring green space to downtown.

Nampa officials chose Mussell Construction over Gardner Company, which also bid for the project. A selection committee recommended the Nampa-based Mussell in part because of its local ties.

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Information from: Idaho Press-Tribune, http://www.idahopress.com

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