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Going Up: Makeover converting aging Boise hotel into small housing units

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The old Safari Inn in Downtown Boise closed last year after welcoming guests for more than 50 years. In the months since, crews gutted one of the hotel’s buildings in preparation for a total transformation.

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As BoiseDev first told you last year, Revolve Development bought the building at 11th St. and Main St. in Downtown Boise. It proposed to rework the second- and third-floor hotel rooms into new micro-apartments. The plan calls for a total of 42 studio apartments in the former hotel rooms, as well as four one-bedroom units.

Gut job underway

So far, crews removed siding elements and two façade roof structures. They also ripped out windows and removed interior finishes.

New wood slat panels will sit over the top of the building’s face along both Main and 11th. Larger windows will replace the hold hotel room sliders, and AC units will no longer poke out from the facade of each room. The existing gym and conference room on the second floor will get reworked into a laundry facility and residential lounge.

The first floor, which houses retail tenants like Foot Dynamics, Atlas Bar, and others will remain mostly unchanged, except for the addition of a new apartment lobby space along Main St.

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The project joins the former Owyhee Hotel across 11th St. in trading hotel rooms for apartment units. It is one of scores of projects in the core of the city that will bring additional residential housing online in the coming months and years.

Building permits indicate the revamp will cost more than $3 million to complete. No opening date or pricing for the new units has been released.

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Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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