In 2007, developers were hoping to build Idaho's first Whole Foods grocery store and a 17-story tower of hotel space and condominiums at the corner of Broadway Avenue and Myrtle Street. As the Great Recession began its chokehold on the Treasure Valley economy, the proposal was downgraded to a seven-floor hotel and condos. Developers ultimately went ahead with the grocery store—which opened its doors Nov. 14, 2013—and put the hotel/condo concept on the back burner.
Now developers are set to move forward with a scaled-down proposal to construct a five-story hotel and parking structure on a 1.7-acre site facing Myrtle Street immediately south of Whole Foods. When representatives of Eagle-based The Land Group go before the city of Boise Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, Dec. 7, they'll describe plans for a 64,801-square-foot hotel with an indoor pool on the ground floor and two-level parking garage.
Developers promise the hotel's lobby "will be a pleasant change from the usual, providing a space more like your favorite coffee house than a traditional hotel lobby," according to internal documents, as well as an outdoor lounge along Myrtle Street. The proposed hotel "will be affiliated with a national hotel flag," but the name of the hotel chain isn't mentioned in the documents. "The space will have multi-functional flexibility that morphs from a morning breakfast space to a spot for work or relaxation for the remainder of the day," according to the formal proposal.
The proposed hotel would serve as an "extended-stay option to downtown Boise," according to developers, and will "provide easy connectivity to the Whole Foods experience, next door."
If approved, the project would be at least the sixth new hotel planned for Boise's downtown, each with different completion dates in 2016 and 2017. Earlier this year, officials at the Boise Centre pointed to a new survey conducted by PFK Consulting that concluded Boise had a "lack of available group room blocks" and there was particular need for "brand name hotels."