U of I Investing in Downtown Moscow with Proposed Police Station Purchase
June 24, 2021
MOSCOW, Idaho — June 24, 2021 — Through investing in downtown property and building equity, the University of Idaho is re-envisioning a downtown art gallery that further expands opportunities for students, local and regional artists and provides space for other types of displays. The university’s intent to purchase the Moscow Police Station on East Fourth Street will be discussed Monday by the Moscow City Council.
By owning the building, U of I continues to improve the fiscal health of the institution by investing in a permanent revenue-generating location for the Prichard Art Gallery, a downtown VandalStore and community space in the high-traffic corridor of U.S. 95.
“We have been talking about reinvestment since we began the hard work to correct our spending two years ago,” said University of Idaho President Scott Green. “We are now at a point where strategic investment in our university and the communities we serve makes sense. Purchasing this building allows us to grow our presence in downtown Moscow and better serve the public.”
The university’s proposal, subject to routine approval procedures including finalizing the purchase agreement, is to purchase the building for the appraised value of $975,000. The money would be a one-time expenditure from the general budget.
The College of Art and Architecture currently rents space for the Prichard Gallery. The college informed the owners a year ago that it was looking at other options for the gallery.
“The opportunities for this space are endless,” Green said. “By owning space in the downtown corridor, we can more actively meet our land-grant mission right here at home. The Prichard has a long history of support in the community, and this allows us to expand on it.”
The building would need some remodeling before reopening as a gallery and more renovations will be done over time, with donor support. There is no target date set for moving into the space should the purchase be finalized.
About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, nine research and Extension centers, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to nearly 11,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky and Western Athletic conferences. Learn more at uidaho.edu