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Twelve years after fire, will the Hill Rd. retirement complex ever be replaced?

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Twelve years ago, a large new retirement center neared its opening day. Then, fire broke out, destroying a large portion of the complex. Crews later tore down the building remnants.

After all these years, the site of Villa Highlands at 15th St. and Hill Rd. is still vacant, except for a retaining wall and small sign. 

In late 2016, Jayo Development applied to start over with a new memory care and assisted living project on the wedge-shaped piece of ground. Jay planned a three-story, 146 unite complex to be called Paramount Parks at the Highlands.

Paramount Park at the Highlands rendering

But now, design review permission to construct the project is expiring, and other than some minor demolition, no work has been completed.

Doug Jayo tells BoiseDev the project is on hold for now.

“My costs this last spring came in substantially higher than my estimates,” he said. “I will take another look at it when construction costs take another downturn.”

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Don Dayhttp://linkedin.com/in/donday
Don has been covering news in Boise for 20 years. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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