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Owyhee Plaza remodel starting soon

Demolishing some hotel rooms and a swimming pool in the next two months will be the first steps of the renovations that will reshape the Owyhee Plaza Hotel.

Developer Clay Carley, who bought the hotel in November, also now has a new development partner, California-based LocalConstruct, which has worked on housing and apartment projects in three states. LocalConstruct’s website does not list any hotel projects.

Carley wouldn’t comment on the future of the hotel. He said other renovations should commence before the end of March.

“Our ultimate goal for the property is to establish it as Boise’s premiere meeting and banquet location,” Carley said.

The Owyhee Plaza’s pool and a building of hotel rooms on south side of the block, bordering Grove Street, will be demolished by March. Upgrades to office space on the west side of the block, on 11th Street, should start in February or March.

“We’re going to be aggressive,” Carley said. Boise’s CM Co. is the contractor on the project, with The Architects Office, also based in Boise, providing design work.

When Carley bought the Owyhee Plaza, he said he’d be looking for more partners for the project. Now he has them in LocalConstruct. Carley, who also owns Old Boise on the opposite end of downtown Boise, said he and LocalConstruct leaders have a similar view on the market potential of the Owyhee Plaza.

LocalConstruct officials did not immediately return a request for comment about the joint venture, but the company posted on its Facebook page about the partnership.

“The team is excited to bring back the original charms of this landmark building,” the post said.

LocalConstruct focuses on infill development of single-family and multi-family housing. The real estate development company also owns a vacant Boise block surrounded by Bannock, Idaho, 15th and 16th streets, which will be turned into apartments.

Updated 1/21: The Architect’s Office is providing design work for the Owyhee Plaza. Also, Carley’s comments on the future of the Owyhee Plaza were changed.

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Brad Iverson-Long is a reporter for the Idaho Business Review, covering banks, financial services, technology and new business.