Seattle Co. plans to convert Downtown Boise hotel to apartments

A Seattle developer wants to flip some downtown hotel rooms into small apartments.

Revolve Development of Seattle purchased the building at 11th and Main that houses a portion of the Safari Inn, as well as ground-floor retail earlier this year from Will Vanbragt of Ketchum.

The company applied to the City of Boise last week to convert the second two floors of the building from hotel rooms to apartments.

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While the retail – including Foot Dynamics, Atlas Bar and others – will remain, one space will become a new residential lobby.

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The outside of the building will get a total revamp. The structure went up in 1920 but changed a number of times over the years. A layer of stucco covers the outside of the building, with large mansard roof elements. Revolve proposes to take down the facade roof bands, and paint the entire building. It will then put up a series of wooden slats on both the Main St. and 11th St. sides.

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“Our proposal retains the clean modernist expression of the ground floor, removes the dated existing mansard roofing components, and provides a warm/clean design expression of wood slat panels with vertical openings referencing the scale and spacing go window openings in the historic buildings adjacent to the site,” John B Schack wrote in an application letter.

Inside, a series of 38 small studio apartments will sit along Main, 11th and the building’s back alley. Four one-bedroom units will finish off the housing units, bringing the total to 42.

The existing gym and conference room on the second floor will get reworked into a laundry facility and residential lounge.

The project does not impact the historic Smith building next door, despite incorrect reporting earlier this summer. Revolve purchased both buildings as part of its purchase, but the application only touches the Safari Inn structure. A separate Safari Inn building across the alley at 11th and Grove is also not part of the revamp.

Revolve’s website lists a number of recent projects – including a redevelopment project on Capitol Hill in Seattle.

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