The City of Boise will extend its agreement with a Downtown Boise hotel to provide a shelter for COVID-19 prevention and isolation for Boise residents without homes. The agreement is a continuation of a deal first struck last year in partnership with Interfaith Sanctuary.
The Boise City Council approved as much as $796,778 in funding to use 42 rooms in the Red Lion Hotel Downtowner on Fairview Ave. The lease will extend for another six months, starting today and running through February.
The city’s agreement provides a fixed payment of $694,178, plus “up to $17,100 in costs per month.” The city says it anticipates the dollars will be reimbursable through Federal Emergency Management Agency funding.
With the agreement, the city says it allows it and Interfaith to provide “a safer, more stable environment” for people exposed to or who have contracted COVID-19 and are served by Interfaith.
“Due to the fast-moving nature of this pandemic and the recent resurgence in positive cases in Boise City, there is again a need to immediately house these families and individuals,” the city noted in its resolution.
The city will pay between $69 and $89 per room per night, depending on the month, for the rooms and occupy the full third floor of the hotel.
Ignite Hotels of Richland, WA owns the hotel through Boise Downtowner Hospitality, LLC. Ignite purchased the property in 2018 and told the Idaho Statesman in 2019, it would remodel and rebrand the hotel. The project was slated to start in spring 2020, but no applications have been filed with the City of Boise, and the conversion project to the Delta by Marriott has not yet materialized.
The seven-story hotel dates to the early 1960s. Originally branded as the Downtowner Motel, Boise firm Jordan-Wilcomb built the then-high-end hotel and motel during an early 60s boom in Boise.