A Wisconsin company has submitted designs for a fifth new downtown Boise hotel, this one proposed for a surface parking lot at Front Street between Fifth and Sixth streets, across from the C.W. Moore Plaza.
Old Boise General Manager Clay Carley is in partnership with Middleton, Wisc.,-based The Raymond Group on a proposal for an eight-story, 144-room hotel with a 675-space parking garage on 1.1 acres that Carley has owned since 2006, according to documents submitted Dec. 13 for design review to the city of Boise Planning & Development Services.
Carley, as general partner of Capitol Partners LP, has been collaborating with Raymond Group for nearly the whole time he has owned the lot, which he bought from Lola’s Import Car Service.
“I have always had two things in mind for this property. One was a garage, one was a hotel,” said Carley said, adding that the economy stalled the project until now.
Barry Perkel, director of real estate at The Raymond Group, did not immediately return calls. The Raymond Group manages more than 30 hotels in 11 states, all of them in states between Ohio and North Dakota – except for the Hampton Inn & Suites in Boise, which Raymond has managed since it opened.
Carley didn’t mention a hotel brand for the Sixth and Front project, but Raymond primarily works with the Hampton Inn and some Marriott and Hilton brands. He noted that the project will need city approval and financing before going ahead.
“The caveat to all this,” Carley said, “is it’s not certain. We submitted but that doesn’t mean it will happen.”
The project architect is Gary Brink and Associates in Middleton, Wisc.
“Raymond (Group) is proposing to construct the hotel using a wrap concept that will shield the parking garage from public view on 6th and Front Streets,” Raymond wrote in its project narrative submitted to the city . This treatment provides a positive visual barrier and allows the public spaces of the hotel to provide visual interest to pedestrians via large expanses of glazing that connect the sidewalk to the interior of the hotel.
It’s a time of intense hotel development in Boise. The Raymond/Carley hotel proposal comes as The Inn at 500 Capitol boutique two blocks away is set to open in mid-January. Construction is reaching the 10th and top floor at the even closer Residence Inn by Marriott, and also far along is a Hyatt Place at 10th and Bannock streets. Gardner Company intends to start construction soon on a Hilton Garden Inn at Front and 13th streets. Before this wave of hotel construction, downtown Boise hadn’t gotten a new hotel since the Hampton Inn & Suites, at Myrtle Street and Capitol Blvd., was built in 2007.
Carley is not concerned.
“It’s not overbuilt,” he said. “Everybody’s success will depend on location and operation. We have a good location and operation. Regardless of what is happening, (everybody) will get their share of the market.”