The corner of the Fidelity Building on 8th and Idaho is being remodeled for a new restaurant called Diablo & Sons. The renovation is being done in conjunction with several other building improvements including installing new mechanical systems, and constructing a commercial kitchen in the basement. The owners of Bittercreek/ Red Feather are investing over $2 million in building upgrades.
The Fidelity Building was built in the early 1900’s and has seen many uses throughout the years. For several years, Pollo Rey was located in the space and closed in 2018 to accommodate the new restaurant’s construction. Diablo & Sons features Mexican fare with a focus on specialty Mezcal cocktails. The new space has roll up garage doors to allow for indoor-outdoor dining experience, activating the street frontage.
CCDC encourages owner/tenant improvements that refresh downtown buildings, strengthen occupancy, and enhance the public realm and pedestrian experience. As part of this project this building owners installed new awnings around the 1st floor of the building replacing the outdated, lower hanging canvas awnings. Because the sidewalks have already been improved consistent with CCDC’s streetscape standards, the eligible costs only included the proposed awnings
In 2014, the Board of Commissioners approved CCDC’s Participation Program, which includes a Type 1 Streetscape Grant Reimbursement. The Type 1 program is intended to, “assist smaller projects on their own schedule, often triggered by a tenant improvement.” The grant will reimburse for up to $150,000 of eligible expenses, hard costs for streetscapes and public improvements. The Type 1 program can also include awnings located in the public right-of-way.
CCDC’s Participation Program Policy stipulates several criteria that awnings must meet in order to be considered eligible expenses, and the Fidelity Building awnings met all of the specifications (size, material, coverage).
Project Summary and Timeline:
- 3,000 SF restaurant renovation
- Located on 8th and Idaho Street (Central URD)
- $2.2 Million estimated Total Development Costs
- February 8, 2018 – DR approval (staff level)
- February 12, 2018 – CCDC Board Type 1 Agreement Designation
- March 12, 2018 – CCDC Board Approval of Type 1 Agreement
- Spring 2018 – Construction Complete. Developer submitted costs for reimbursement.
CCDC Project Manager, Laura Williams, oversaw this project.