Another week, another hotel: room boom continues in Boise


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BOISE – A hotel on every block?

Just last week, broke news of a new hotel planned for Parcel B at Front and 13th.

Now comes word of another hotel project winding its way through the permitting process — this one at Front and 5th.

The new hotel is still in the preliminary stages – and is seeking initial design review approval from the City of Boise for a streetscape setback variance. Simply: Lots of details still are not public. 

The property, next to the CW Moore Plaza building, is currently a parking lot. It is owned by prolific local developer Clay Carley – who has teamed up with other groups for the proposed project – including Wisconsin-based The Raymond Group, which developed the nearby Hampton Inn at Capitol & Myrtle. Carley wouldn’t comment – but noted more details are likely in the next few months.

According to application documents, a hotel and parking garage are planned. The hotel would include a bar/lounge, restaurant and an unknown number of hotel rooms.  The hotel would wrap around the garage on Front and 6th streets – screening the parking structure from view on the busy Front St. corridor.

A rendering that shows the massing of the building seems to indicate it will be somewhat shorter than the neighboring CW Moore which is nine stories tall.

The block is the former home of the Boise Rescue Mission and an auto service business — both of which have been demolished. Since 2014, the parcel has served as a surface parking lot.

The block is not fully rectangular – an oddity for downtown. The Front St. site sits on an angle, part of a reworking of the downtown grid related to the Broadway-Chinden Connector project in the 1980s (you can still see the road fragment).

The downtown Boise core is in the middle of a hotel boom A 2015 study concluded Boise needs 580 new rooms over six years.  As we speak, there are 442 rooms currently under construction (table below), and another 132 proposed — plus additional inventory from today’s news. That would put downtown Boise well ahead of the rooms needed in the study, though it indicated the city really needs a 300-room hotel for large conventions – which none of the current projects would accommodate.

Carley is behind the Old Boise neighborhood project – and is also in the building permit phase for a project up 5th street at Idaho that would include apartments, retail and a pocket park. He also spearheaded the recent redevelopment of The Owyhee.

Carley initially had hoped to build a 23-story building on a portion of the site – with approval coming in 2007.  A separate 2009 proposal would have redeveloped another part of the same block at Main & 5th. The economic crater stalled those endeavors, like so many others of the era.

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Project Location Rooms Floors Announced opening Type
Inn at 500 Capitol Capitol & Myrtle 104 7 December 31, 2016 Boutique
Residence Inn by Marriott Capitol & Myrtle 186 10 Spring, 2017 Extended stay
Hyatt Place 10th & Bannock 152 5 Early 2017 Business
Hilton Garden Inn (proposed) 13th & Front 132 5 TBA Business
Front St. project (proposed) 5th & Front TBA TBA TBA TBA
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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