Hotel & Residential

Second phase of downtown condo project to shrink

The original rendering of The Afton shows retail on the corner. It will be replaced by an art installation.

The original rendering of The Afton shows retail on the corner. It will be replaced by an art installation.

The Afton condo project on 8th Street will not be as robust as initially thought for its second phase.

The project, as proposed, was to include 39 condos, six stories, two levels of parking, retail space and live-work units.

Now, 35 condos will be constructed, the building will be five stories, just one level of parking will be built, the retail space is gone and no live-work units will be constructed. A number of design changes were also approved.

The Capital City Development Corporation, which owns the land under The Afton had to approve the changes - which commissioners did Monday.

Retail on the corner of 9th and River wasn't feasible, according to the developer by way of a CCDC staffer:

“He (developer Mike Hormaechea) feels very strongly that the site does not work well for retail commercial," project manager Shellan Rodriguez said. 

CCDC commissioners voted unanimously to approve the project changes.

UPDATE: Plans for North End apartment project revealed

UPDATE, JUNE 27: The Design Review permits are in - with some additional detail on an ambitious apartment and retail complex near the Boise Co-Op.

The project would have 31 apartments ranging from one to three bedrooms as part of a four-story building on the site at 902 S. 8th St.  An underground parking garage would be supplemented with a small parking lot across the street and a few garages on the first level. 

One retail space is included - with about 3,000 square feet.

Thirty-seven parking spots are included in the garages, with 23 spots planned across Cunningham Place.

"The area is an ideal location for a medium density residential development that is close to services and within walking distance of downtown, jobs, and recreation," applicant John Price said in a letter to the City of Boise.

PREVIOUS, MAY, 31, 2017: A banner went up on the front of the old Baird's Dry Cleaners near the Boise Co-Op this morning, and it generated lots of interest.

Several folks sent us tips (thank you!), and the North End group on Facebook is abuzz about the project.  The banner on the building notes a few features:

  • Four story mixed use building
  • Three floors of condominiums
  • Underground parking garage
  • First floor shop space

The project is being put together by David Southers and his eponymous Southers Properties - the company behind the 2000s-era Hyde Park Place condo project.

No permits have yet been filed with the City of Boise, and Southers tells BoiseDev the project is still in the early stages.

 "We're working on the design and site plan," he said by email. "(It) looks like the site will support about 30 residential units and 4,000 s.f. of shop space."

Southers said that just today he's received five inquiries about the project.  The banner notes a 2018 opening date.

Stay tuned.

Developer plans new parking garage downtown

An eariler plan for a new garage in Downtown Boise

An eariler plan for a new garage in Downtown Boise

Old Boise Inc. developer Clay Carley is moving forward with his plan to build a parking garage in Downtown Boise.

Carley says the area really needs more parking - so he is forging ahead with the project.  

"We are going forward with a garage as soon as possible and a wrap of either residential or hospitality in the future," he said.

The new garage would be built on a block Carley owns bounded by Front St., Grove St., 5th St. and 6th St.

Carley previously had applied for a hotel project that would include the garage -- he says that may still happen, but wants to get going on the parking phase.  As originally proposed, the garage would have parking for 700 cars and 50 bikes. It could hit the City of Boise's planning team's radar this summer.

Constructivist: Idaho St. Townhomes meets challenges

In a location next to a grocery store-turned-TV station and behind a motel, Hale Development saw opportunity with the Idaho St. Condos.

New local blog The Constructivist talked with the architect behind the project - Stan Cole of Cole Architects.

This project, like all projects, has its challenges. Because of the location and type of residential product, there were no comparative projects. Finding an appraiser and a lender that understood this type of project was tough. But, we overcame and are well on the way.

Cole also said the project will be a little more full-featured in phase two, as the first phase was dialed back a bit to meet market demands.

St. Luke's to move historic home, construction office

Courtesy St. Luke's Health System

Courtesy St. Luke's Health System

  • Move a-Foote: St. Luke's Health System is shuffling things around in advance of its big expansion.  The Bishop Foote Guest House will move from its current spot at 2nd and Jefferson to an area over by the Pioneer Cemetery on Ave B.  A separate construction office will also move to the Ave. B site, if the City of Boise signs off.
  • Use and history: The Bishop Foote house was built in 1935. In 1972 it became an outpatient home for adults and has been owned and operated by the hospital for the last 40 years. More than 100,000 people have stayed in the two-story home. 
  • Hey neighbors: St. Luke's will hold a required neighborhood meeting on both buildings at 6 p.m. on May 25th in the Anderson Conference Center.
  • Not-AKA: The Bishop Foote Guest House is not to be confused with The Bishop's House - a home formerly owned by St. Luke's that was built in the late 1890's, and was home to former Episcopal Bishop Foote. That home is now located out by the Old Pen.
  • More to come? Probably. The plans for the downtown hospital show lots of places where homes are now to be used for new facilities. SLHS already owns most if not all of the land.  A consultant for the hospital system said in 2014 of most of the homes: "that the historic context associated with the study area is not considered significant to the history of Boise."  The Bishop Foote house was listed as an exception to the rule.

Former Albertsons CEO's luxury pad is for sale... still screenshot screenshot

Larry Johnston came to Boise in 2001 as an exalted General Electric leader. He was supposed to give Boise-based grocer Albertsons a Six Sigma sheen and turbocharge growth.

Instead, he drove down the stock, ruffled feathers and drove the chain to a sell-off that split it in three parts in 2006.  His five years weren't great for his impact on Boise's economy (except maybe the 20 grand Albertsons paid BPD officers to guard the Albertsons corporate HQ.... really)

He left town after the selloff but still owns a giant 5,000-foot plus condo on the 16th floor of the Grove Hotel.  Zach Kyle at the Idaho Statesman showcased the condo listing - and BoiseDev has confirmed it's the condo still owned by Johnston's family trust.

$1.98 million gets you a big condo with sweeping views of Boise, a raft of bedrooms and private patios. Plus, you can put some cash in ol' Larry's pocket.


Boise's Bouquet building faces challenges amid plan for high-end restaurant, hotel photo / screenshot photo / screenshot 

In 2016, BoiseDev reported Boise-raised NYC chef Cal Elliott planned to open a new fine dining restaurant in the former Bouquet bar space at 1010 Main St. in Boise.

Over the years, the building has housed a 500-seat movie theater, a hotel, and several bars with variations on the Bouquet name (Blues Bouquet, Ice Bouquet). It was built in 1910 and is one of downtown's oldest surviving structures.

Elliott confirmed at the time that he was working to clean up the space - but wouldn't offer much in the way of additional detail, and has not responded to emails in the months since.

A portfolio of a branding artist professes to have created branding materials for the project - but that idea seems to have stalled in recent months.

The back of the building on April 26. photo.

The back of the building on April 26. photo.

According to records kept by the Ada County Assesor, Avery LLC now owns the building and property underneath it - and is delinquent on a tax bill of nearly $10,000 for 2016.

Update: Elliott contacted BoiseDev to say the property tax bill has been paid, though records from the Ada County Assesor show the amount as delinquent.  

Photo of the roof in March. photo.

Elliott is listed as a manager of Avery LLC along with a Rob Elliott - and the two men share an address on filings with the State of Idaho.

In February, BoiseDev noted that a portion of a wall tumbled from the top story of the building, landing on the street below. The bricks have been removed from the alley and metal bracing has been added to the backside of the building - but the hole mostly remains, framed in by wood wall materials.

A photo of the building's roof taken in March showed the roof covered with tarps, and orange cones in the area where the bricks had fallen off.

Reader Brett Adler was walking by the Bouquet in March when he saw an open door and was invited inside by a worker. He took a series of photos that shows the previously reported cleanup effort at the Bouquet. A peek through the windows today shows the inside to be in the same conditions as it was last month.

Branding posted online

Screenshot via

Screenshot via

Apparent branding materials for the restaurant, hotel and tavern are posted on the website of Open Sea Design Co.

"The Avery is an in-the-works project by Cal Elliot of Williamsburg’s Rye. Open Sea was approached to help create a logo, and menus for the Boise, Ohio (sic) based hotel."

The menus and logos show a concept for a "Restaurant - hotel" known as The Avery - an apparent nod to a portion of the building's historic name (the Averyl Tilner Building). 

The posted menu for The Avery shows items like lasagna, grilled duck breast, pan roasted cod and more. A second menu for something called "Tiner's (sic) Alley," looks to include bar fare.

Avery = Averyl. Tiner = Tilner. 

"The branding was inspired by the building’s rich history," according to the designer.

Interior designer Butchko & Co. also says it is working on the project, and describes the it as a "40 room historic hotel & restaurant bar(s)."

Boise picks up largest-ever convention due to NC 'bathroom law'

This June, the Boise Centre will hold the largest convention in its history - a four-day event for the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.

About 1,400 people are expected to attend the event.  Boise Centre Communications Manager Mary-Michael Rodgers tells BoiseDev that the facility picked up the business after the council backed out of a commitment to hold its event in North Carolina, after that state passed a controversial bill at that required people to use the bathroom that corresponded to the sex identified on their birth certificate when visiting government facilities, including schools.

Business sector reaction to the law has been widespread, including the NCAA, NBA and others reconsidering events in the state.

"CSTE historically hosts the conference in the state of its current president, however due to North Carolina’s House Bill 2 the location has been moved to Boise, Idaho," the council notes on its website.

The convention will be a big boost to the Boise Centre - and will use nearly all of its available space across its expanded facility. Rodgers says that attendees will stay at thirteen local hotels -- and nine hotels are already fully booked for the June 4-8 event - including The Grove Hotel, Hotel 43, Safari Inn, Hyatt Place, Courtyard Mariott Downtown, Red Lion Downtowner, Towne Place Suites, Holiday Inn Express ParkCenter and Springhill Suites ParkCenter.

Rodgers says the council held its event in Boise once before, when the number of attendees was lower. The Boise Centre would not have been able to accommodate this group without the Boise Centre East expansion, Rodgers noted - and said this is one of a dozen events scheduled this year that will use both buildings simultaneously.

The CSTE event will help boost the number of visitors to Boise this summer -- the Far West Regional Soccer Tournament which is often hosted at the Simplot Sports Complex and brings throngs of soccer families to the area in June will this year be hosted in Seattle.

The NC bathroom bill was repealed last week -- too late for this year's conference.


Triangular apartment building in progress near Boise State

In late-2015, we noted an apartment complex was slated for the triangular patch of land surrounded by Beacon St., Boise Ave. and Oakland Ave. near Boise State.

Now, the project is finally moving forward - with the demolition of some dilapidated homes on the ground completed over the weekend.

The unique complex would feature apartments on three sides, with parking inside the triangular-shaped courtyard.

The five-story building would feature 98 apartments, with parking for 83 cars and 98 bicycles.

"We are very excited about this particular project," architect David Ruby said during a planning and zoning meeting in late 2015. "This uniquely shaped site, which has been underutilized for years and years, is situated at a fantastic location in our community. It’s also strategically located at the geographic center of Boise State campus in the east/west direction and as the bookend to the original south Boise neighborhood; this site is particularly well suited for this type of housing project."

The building features a rooftop deck, student lounges and extensive indoor parking for bicycles. The corner at Boise and Oakland features rounded glass to provide open light to student lounges on each floor.

After design review approval last year, Ruby & the site's developer, FH Boise applied to remove the individual aparment decks - not reflected in the rendered photos.

Check out this aerial of the completed demolition, courtesy Matt Roderick at Rapid Aerial.

Red Lion to replace Shilo Inn on Broadway

The Shilo Inn Suites Hotel Boise Airport is set to be rebranded under the Red Lion brand according to filings with the City of Boise.

The hotel has been purchased by MKM Hotels, and the group is converting some rooms into a new dining area, as well as updating lighting in the lobby and meeting room areas.

This will be the second Red Lion-branded hotel in Boise, joining the Downtowner location on Fairview.

Developer plans 126-unit apartment complex in Barber Valley

SLN Planning and JKP Construction Management hope to win approval for a 126-unit apartment complex on Warm Springs Avenue in Barber Valley.

The project would be located on the site of a current single family residence and sits on more than 8 acres of land.  The Barber Hill Vistas project is described as a "high quality, luxury multi-family development.

Eighteen two-story buildings are proposed for the site, with one and two-bedroom configurations. The project would have one duplex, seven four-plexes and ten traditional apartment buildings. The site is sloped, so buildings nearest residences will be shorter, with taller buildings further downhill.  Renderings and a site plan were not immediately available.

Developers say the plan will include a community clubhouse, picnic/BBQ area, community garden, and pathways and wildlife protection areas.  About 40% of the site would be open space or common areas.

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Neighbors in the adjacent Dallas Harris Estates neighborhood have already filed about half-a-dozen letters in opposition to the project.

The property is not a part of the tightly-controlled Barber Valley Specific Plan which micro-manages the types of development that can occur.

The project will go through Boise's Planning & Zoning process. A hearing date is not yet set.

Sun Valley plans to revamp iconic Inn

The Sun Valley resort plans to do a  revamp of the Sun Valley Inn, according to documents obtained from the City of Sun Valley by BoiseDev.

The building will be expanded by about 17,000 square feet. Rooms and public spaces will be revamped, and the total number of rooms is expected to shrink slightly - as it did for the Lodge remodel project. 

The work is primarily confined to the wing that fronts the Kitzbuhelerstrasse in the Sun Valley Village - including 17 revamped guest rooms.

An all-new kitchen will be added, and the current kitchen will be remodeled to include a bakery. 

The Bald Mountain Pizza restaurant will get an overhaul and a new terrace. The historic Ram Restaurant will also get an overhaul.

Three new meeting rooms are being added to expand the Resort's existing convention facilities (home to the annual Allen & Co. event among other functions).

The resort will also add a large new office area above the new kitchen.  Many of the back office support functions were formerly housed in the basement of the Lodge, but shortly after the Lodge remodel was completed, that space was quietly converted into additional guestrooms.

The project was approved by the City of Sun Valley's Planning & Zoning group at a meeting earlier this month. The meeting was first reported by the Idaho Mountain Express.

Though lesser-known than its slightly-older cousin around the corner, the Inn holds a significant amount of history itself.  

The building originally opened as the Challenger Inn during SV's second Christmas season. One of the quirkiest facts I've found in years of reading about the history of Sun Valley revolves around the soon-to-be-remodeled Ram: The Hokey Pokey was invented there. 

From the NYTimes obit of the "turn yourself around" song's inventor: 

 "(Larry) LaPrise was leading the Ram Trio -- its other members were Charles Peter Macak and Tafit Baker -- at the Ram Bar in Sun Valley when he came up with the song. It was an instant hit."

Work will begin in September after the peak summer season (summer is actually busier than winter in Sun Valley). Parts of the project will be done by Christmas - with the project wrapping by June, 2018.

 In other words - they aren't going to be hokey pokey about it.

North End church to make way for homes

Google Streetview 

Google Streetview 

A small church building at 21st St. and Alturas St. in Boise's North End will be demolished to make room for two homes.

The applicant, Westminster Homes, says in its application that the church building is "dangerous," and plans to build two homes in its place and eliminate a small asphalt parking lot. 

The project will go through Boise's Design Review process.

NYT: Tamrack aims for new more-grounded future

The New York Times has a lengthy piece online today that looks at the bumpy road that Tamarack Resort near Donnelly has faced.  The NYT story picks up in the last decade with dreams of a Sun Valley-like concept that died in the economic crash of 2008-2009.

The story looks at a new reality for Tamarack - with residents in control and a more homespun role instead of a Hollywood glitz model.

And while there has been lots of recent progress, it seems unlikely that Tamarack will fulfill the original idea of a high-end resort for skiers flying in from around the world.

The hopes of a fancy Andre Agassi-backed Fairmont hotel with an ice bar (really) are long gone... but at least the lifts are open.

Meridian Press: Room boom expands to Meridian

Rendering via Tru by Hilton

Rendering via Tru by Hilton

Even more hotel rooms are coming to SW Idaho. Try by Hilton broke ground on a new hotel on Eagle Rd. near I-84, according to Meridian Press.

The hotel will have 92 rooms on four floors and be adjacent to a Townplace Suites by Marriott. 

The hotel is across the street from The Farmstead site, which BoiseDev reported is for sale and the possible site of a future mixed-use development

Tru joins a raft of hotel projects - including five in downtown Boise and two near the Boise Airport.

New skyline conference room for Downtown Boise

Courtesy Hampton Inn & Suites

Courtesy Hampton Inn & Suites

The Hampton Inn & Suites in Downtown Boise is giving up a hotel room on the top guest floor - and will flip it into a meeting room.

The hotel's owner, Penbridge Lodging, has applied to convert 760 square feet for the new meeting room on the 10th floor with close-up views of the Boise skyline. The remodel will also modify the windows on the exterior of the building for the new conference room and add a pair of restrooms.

The hotel currently has 186 rooms and eight meeting rooms.

This new room adds a recent trend toward downtown conference rooms with a view - with JUMP, 8th & Main and the new Boise Centre expansion all adding gathering spaces with large windows overlooking the downtown core.

Richard's misses new deadline at Inn at 500 Capitol

Inn at 500 Capitol on Tuesday 12/26. The Richards site is on the ground floor under the unfinished awning with green construction material visible

Inn at 500 Capitol on Tuesday 12/26. The Richards site is on the ground floor under the unfinished awning with green construction material visible

The Inn at 500 Capitol is missing another construction deadline - this one announced within just the last two weeks.

Richard's Restaurant was supposed to open by December 27th – tonight. That announcement came in a release to the local business paper. has confirmed the restaurant isn't opening tonight. In fact, it may not open by a January 2nd deadline later noted by BoiseWeekly.

The hotel aimed for an ambitious December 31 opening with a large sign out front - but construction delays made that an impossible target. The announcement of the 12/27 opening date also said the hotel would open in mid-January. 

Inn at 500 Capitol is the third project downtown to be plagued by construction delays - including City Center Plaza, and the Simplot HQ building which is months past its initial September target date with no exact opening date yet set.

Rendering of Inn at 500 Capitol

Rendering of Inn at 500 Capitol