Nearly fourteen years ago, fire ripped through a large retirement project in Boise’s North End, just months before the project welcomed its first residents.
The early-morning fire destroyed the Villa Highlands luxury retirement apartments on May 22nd, 2006. According to an Idaho Statesman account at the time, the fire sent flames shooting 140 feet in the air and destroyed the $5-million project.
The project’s developer said work to rebuild would start as soon as as the investigation into the fire wrapped up.
But all these years later, the project site stands empty, with nothing more than a large retaining wall to mark its presence.
The project remains on hold, despite new signs on the property. We last checked in on the project in late 2018 – and current project developer Doug Jayo told us work would start when construction costs came down.
After our initial story, a Jayo Development rep let us know that the current project permit would change. They hope to retool the project for retirement living only, removing assisted care components of the project.
The project has a current conditional use permit from the city of Boise – and signage on-site indicates the project would be called Paramount Parks Highlands.
The new plan calls for a three-story, 146-unit project with amenities including a movie theater, bistro, salon/spa, fitness area and more.