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Old Sunliner motel in Garden City getting a facelift, new name, under new owner

An aging motel on Chinden Blvd. in Garden City is getting a new look – and a new name.

We told you last spring that the Sunliner Motel on Chinden was up for sale. The 27-room motel at 3433 W. Chinden has a unique design, with motel rooms on the second floor and parking tucked below.

In August, Elevate Chinden LLC purchased the property, according to the Ada County Assessor. Elevate Chinden is controlled by Demetre Booker Jr. of San Diego, CA, who is also the managing partner of “full service, socially responsible, and vertically integrated commercial real estate firm” Elevate Commercial. Elevate previously purchased a mobile home park in Nampa, according to the Idaho Press.

Revamp underway

Construction is under way on The Sunliner in Garden City, now called Arcadia. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Elevate submitted a design review plan with the City of Garden City to revamp and upgrade the exterior of the Sunliner, which dates to 1958.

“This 1950s motel needs extensive work,” Rebecca Kent with RKent Architects wrote in an application letter. “We wish to improve the safety of this building as well as its presence on Chinden Blvd. As part of Garden City’s new comprehensive plan, this area has been designated as mixed-use commercial. Being is (sic) such a prominent location, our design strives to add texture and color to this area.”

The plan, which is currently under construction, calls for a rebranding of the motel to The Arcadia.

The old metal siding is coming off, with stained cedar shake and painted composite shiplap-style siding going in. Windows and doors are getting upgraded, and the walkway railing along the second floor will be upgraded to meet current building codes.

“This building is iconic in its unique form,” Kent wrote. “The new design respects the original form while bringing it up to date and providing more color and texture to improve its overall presence.”

The streetscape along Chinden is also getting upgrades, with additional trees. The large Sunliner sign has been removed.

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Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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