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Gardner Co. could help revamp large hotel site near Boise Airport: Apartments, new hotel

An old hotel on Vista Avenue could come down and return with a new lease on life.

Gardner Company is set to file an application to redevelop the site of the former Holiday Inn at 3300 South Vista Avenue near the Boise Airport. Under the plan, the hotel, which is currently a Ramada by Wyndham, would be demolished to make way for apartments and a new hotel.

A neighborhood meeting is set for August 5 at 6 p.m. at the hotel.

The site is currently owned by Boise Management Inc., controlled by Pinal Doshi. The company took control of the property from a related entity, TM Hospitality in December according to Ada Co. property transfer records.

Gardner Co. President David Wali said his firm is working as developer for the landowner.

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“I just like doing projects,” he said. “The neighborhood could use some enhancements. All these older neighborhoods are going to get redone over time.”

In the first phase of the project, Gardner proposes to construct 98 apartments on two unused acres on the property. A 65-room section of the hotel would be demolished to make way for another 64 apartments in the second phase. In the final phase, the rest of the hotel would be torn down to make way for a new hotel.

“There hasn’t been much in the way of new hotels up by the airport,” Wali said. “It will take time to get through all this and get the right mix.”

A letter to residents says Gardner Co. will seek to rezone a portion of the property and add a development agreement.

Site’s changing history

The large 9.1-acre site near the Boise Airport originally started as a Holiday Inn property, with two buildings connected by a skybridge and a third standalone building – as well as a Holidome activity center and conference rooms.

Over the last 20 years, the skybridge came down and the three individual hotel buildings branched off into three different brands operating separately. The main building changed brands several times in recent years, including Garden Inn by Wyndham, Hotel Boise and the current Ramada branding.

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An application will be filed after the neighborhood meeting. It is unknown what hotel franchise would run the new hotel or what the apartments will rent for. A rendering is not yet available.

Don Day & Margaret Carmel - BoiseDev
Don Day is founder & editor of BoiseDev. Margaret Carmel is the City of Boise reporter for BoiseDev.

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