A hotel for Parcel B, after all

Don Day


BOISE - Downtown Boise's hotel boom isn't over. With three in progress, one more is on the way. 

BVGC Parcel B LLC plans to build a five-story hotel on a corner of Parcel B initially designated for "future expansion."  The new hotel would include 132 rooms, plus a 70 seat restaurant on site.

The hotel will have to be approved separately from the rest of the Parcel B plan - which includes a six story office building and 611-space parking garage.  The garage will get underway first, followed by the hotel project - and then the office building.  A small retail building at the corner of 11th and Myrtle is also planned to round out the site.

Parcel B is a so-called "super block" - a two-block area bounded by Front, Myrtle, 13th and 11th streets. Numerous plans have been announced over the years - when the weedy patch was owned by the Greater Boise Auditorium District, various proposals for hotel/convention center combos were announced and abandoned.

In 2015, Gardner Co. acquired the property from GBAD after a creative project shoe-horned a convention center expansion on land Gardner owned between the US Bank Building and Grove Hotel, closer to the existing convention center - alleviating the need to use Parcel B for meeting space.

GBAD initially required a hotel be built on Parcel B - and Gardner first announced plans for a two-hotel complex on the site (after an earlier idea for a soccer stadium was floated, then abandoned). 

Gardner dropped the hotel plan, and was able to lift the hotel restriction after three other hotel projects got off the ground in downtown - Inn at 500 Capitol, Residence Inn by Marriott and Hyatt Place.

The company then announced the first part of the plan - for the parking garage, retail space and parking garage with a mysterious future parcel.

The mystery is solved - with this hotel project, a partnership between Gardner Co. and B&T Hospitality Management of Idaho Falls. B&T operates seven hotel properties - with brands like Candlewood Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hyatt Place and and Courtyard by Marriott, located in Tennessee, Texas, Arkansas, Utah, Arizona and Idaho Falls. 

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BONUS: Some new landscape renderings of the rest of Parcel B: