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Fifth downtown Boise hotel in the works

A 138-room hotel is proposed for Front Street between Fifth and Sixth streets. Image for Boise Planning and Development Services website.

A 138-room hotel is proposed for Front Street between Fifth and Sixth streets. Image for Boise Planning and Development Services website.

Work could start this spring on the fifth new downtown Boise hotel to be built in just over two years.

Old Boise General Manager Clay Carley and a partner in Wisconsin resubmitted a shelved 2016 proposal for city approval in November. The hotel would be located on Front Street between Fifth and Sixth streets.

The Raymond Group of Middleton, Wisc., and Carley propose an eight-story, 138-room extended-stay hotel with a roughly 600-space parking garage that will be open to the public.

Construction could start late in the first quarter or second quarter of 2018 and take about two years, said Brian Waters, design manager at The Raymond Group.

Since Raymond initially applied for city approval in fall 2016, three downtown Boise hotels with a combined 448 rooms have opened and a fourth hotel with 150 rooms is under construction. Barry Perkel, real estate director at The Raymond Group, declined to comment about the one-year delay, but plans to move ahead even with 600 new hotel rooms nearby.

“They have all been absorbed reasonably well,” Perkel said.

Perkel has not revealed the hotel brand under consideration but did say the hotel would be extended-stay.

The Raymond Group works primarily with Hampton Inn and some Marriott and Hilton brands. The Raymond Group has operated the Hampton Inn & Suites, three blocks from the proposed new hotel site, since it opened in 2007.

The Raymond Group manages 36 hotels in 12 states, all of them between Ohio and North Dakota – except the Hampton Inn in Boise and a Hampton Inn & Suites that opened in September in Portland’s Pearl District.

Gary Brink & Associates of Middleton, Wisc., is the architect.

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