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‘RenEgAde’: New boutique hotel project with rooftop bar, restaurant planned downtown

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A plan BoiseDev first told you about in 2019 to build a new boutique hotel near The Owyhee is moving forward.

Hendricks Commercial Properties hopes to build Hotel Renegade at the corner of Grove St. and 11th St. in Downtown Boise, on the site of a current surface parking lot.

The eight-story building would include 124 hotel rooms immediately behind The Owyhee, which Hendricks purchased in 2019. The hotel would feature a “mix of traditional design with a modern influenced charm” according to an application letter submitted to the city of Boise.

Along with the hotel rooms, the project would also include a restaurant, meeting space, a wellness center and fitness rooms. The top floor would feature two bars – one on the ground floor, and another on the rooftop, as well as an outdoor patio area.

“The proposed structure façade will utilize timeless architecture form with traditional brick detailing, bay windows, and cornice features,” Rory Heggie with CSHQA wrote. “At the ground level fabric awnings are proposed for shade and weather protection and a discernable building entry feature facing the intersection of Grove and 11 street with a grand metal canopy that identifies the hotel’s main entry”

Rooftop plan. Via CSHQA

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Floorplans submitted to the City of Boise show hotel rooms lined up along Grove St. as well as 11th. Large “terrace” suites with outdoor balcony features sit along the rounded corner of the building. The rounded corner feature shows up in a number of historic Downtown Boise buildings, including the Idanha Hotel and Gem and Noble building at 10th and Main.

The hotel would not take the entire parking lot – additional parking space would remain along 12th St. The project does not include parking beyond the remnant of the parking lot behind the building. It’s in an area of Downtown Boise that does not require parking for developments.

The project will need design review sign-off from the City of Boise.

RenEgAde’

Beloit, Wisc. Hendricks owns five hotels. CEO Rob Gerbitz told BoiseDev in 2019 the firm initially looked at adding a boutique hotel to the BoDo development but could not make that project work. Gerbitz said his firm was studying the history of the area as it planned the hotel.

“We have two (hotels) in Beloit, Wisc., two more in Indianapolis and one in Delafield, and then we’ll have one here. They are all different. We don’t replicate a building,” Gerbitz said. “What we would generally do is dig into history. It takes you down a rabbit hole.”

A Pinterest board from Hendricks’ VP of construction titled “HotEl RenEgAde,” features a wide array of Boise imagery, as well as projects from around the world. The images show a heavy emphasis on brick, leather and industrial touches – elements used in many of Hendricks’ other projects, including Boise’s The Warehouse Food Hall.

Hendricks bought The Owyhee from Boise firm LocalConstruct (now Roundhouse), which previously covered the 111-year-old hotel into apartments and office use. Now, it will bring a hotel concept back to the same block.

The hotel sits along Grove St., which the Capital City Development Corp. plans to invest heavily in with upgrades to streetscapes and infrastructure.

Other hotels on the drawing board

Eagle developer Jared Smith plans two additional hotels on the opposite corner as BoiseDev reported earlier this year. Smith hopes to build Mariott AC and SpringHill Suites hotels – catering to different segments of the market.

The hotel would join two other boutique hotels in the downtown area, Hotel 43 and Inn at 500. Boisean Cal Elliott hopes to convert the former Bouquet building into a historic boutique hotel.

Greater Boise Auditorium Executive Director Pat Rice said earlier this year that interest in new hotels in Boise remains strong.

Hendricks Commercial Properties is owned by Wisconsin billionaire Diane Hendricks. The company has made a slew of real estate purchases in Downtown Boise in recent years, including the Bodo project, Owyhee, and the Hoff building.

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