Real Estate

Sep 23, 2002

Mountain Home to get Wendy's restaurant

Wendy's has started construction on its 12th Treasure Valley fast-food restaurant in Mountain Home and plans to open it the first week of December.Foundation work for the 3,200-square-foot Wendy's began in late August on American Legion Boulevard near Interstate 84, in the parking lot of a Kmart store that closed in the spring.K2 Construction Inc., Boise, is building the unit, designed by BRS Arch[...]

Sep 23, 2002

Developer loses civil case, is jailed on grand theft charge

Boise developer Larry Durkin was arrested last week on a grand theft charge in connection with conversion of funds paid by Family Center shopping center backer Nick Vidalakis, which was an object of a civil trial, police said.Durkin was arrested at the offices of his Dakota Co. on Tyrell Way in Boise on Sept. 18, and was being held in lieu of $150,000 bail, a Boise Police Department spokesman said[...]

Sep 23, 2002

Wine bar, eatery due in ex-Sav-On

Boise-based catering company Sun and Moon Cuisine is finalizing a lease to open a wine bar and restaurant called Foodies & Fermenters in the former Sav-On drugstore on Bogus Basin Road, adjacent to a planned gourmet grocery store.Lynde Jones, managing director of Sun and Moon, said she and partner Rouchelle Abrahamson have signed a letter of intent to occupy 1,200 square feet for the wine bar,[...]

Sep 16, 2002

CSHQA Architects to develop Battery St. site

A six-story building with condominiums, ground-level retail space and a public parking garage is planned on Battery Street on the south side of downtown Boise.A development group including CSHQA Architects principals entered an "exclusive-right-to-negotiate" agreement last week with Capital City Development Corp.Board members of the Boise urban-renewal agency unanimously approved the agreement, wh[...]

Sep 16, 2002

Bolo’s owner, landlord trade sour grapes

Bolo's, a downtown Boise pub at Eighth and Idaho streets, has closed and its owner is seeking $300,000 from landlord and Boise Tower developer Rick Peterson. Proprietor Brad Bolicek, who closed Bolo's Sept. 7 – after only four months in business on the ground floor of the Boise City National Bank building – blamed inaction by Peterson on several building-related matters that Bolicek said le[...]

Sep 16, 2002

Office building slated near Eagle residential subdivision

A 7,000-square-foot professional office building is slated near the planned "Once Upon a Time" residential subdivision in central Eagle.Northwest Development LLC has proposed the two-story building on the north side of State Street about 1,500 feet west of Eagle Road. It would be on the south edge of a planned 32-lot subdivision that Northwest plans to market to under the name "Once Upon A Time."C[...]

Sep 16, 2002

Boise area architectural firms note increased activity

Like many Idaho architects, Rob Thornton and Andy Erstad knew they had time before the brunt of the economic downturn that was creeping through the design and construction industry last year would hit the architects."The developers and the bankers were the canaries in the coal mine," Thornton said in assessing the health of the architectural industry in Idaho. "Eighteen, 19 months ago, in March, t[...]

Sep 16, 2002

Boise Planning and Zoning gives Fort St. apts. OK

Boise Planning and Zoning Commission members on Sept. 9 unanimously approved a conditional-use permit for Hyde Park Place, a 44-unit condominium complex that developer David Southers plans on the south side of Fort Street between 12th and 13th streets. "The commission thought it was a pretty good project, and (commissioners) did not require any significant modifications to the plan," said Boise Ci[...]

Sep 16, 2002

Benchmark Construction evolves over half a century

For Burt and Susan Brennan, owners of 54-year-old Benchmark Construction, take the long view of the Boise Valley building scene – and what it takes to survive razor-thin construction margins and a market hitched to the economic fortunes of other industries.The Brennans had been involved at Benchmark and with founder Bill Keys, for more than a quarter century. After making steady investments [...]

Sep 16, 2002

Steed Construction putting finishing touches on Emerald Tech addition

Steed Construction is putting the final touches on the fifth and latest addition to the Emerald Tech Center, and developer RS Hosac said the pace of construction for the remaining four buildings will depend on demand for leases at the tech park."It's the biggest project we have done, and we've been very pleased with the lease-up out here," said Nate Hosac, who among other things handles leasing fo[...]

Sep 16, 2002

Boise permit values show 40% drop through August

A dearth of large commercial projects and a continuing big decline in apartment construction dragged down Boise construction statistics through August."All of it is negative, just like it has been for a while," Boise Planning and Development Services Director Tim Hogland said.Commercial construction value fell by 52 percent, from $193 million through August 2001 to $92.7 million this year, the Boi[...]

Sep 9, 2002

DeMarcos plans Towne Square store in November

Idaho Falls-based men's apparel chain DeMarcos plans to open its second Boise store in mid-November at Boise Towne Square.DeMarcos co-owner Rob Marcovitz said last week that he was finalizing lease negotiations with mall management and hopes to start tenant improvements later this month in a 4,500-square-foot second-level space near Mervyn's department store. The store will employ 10.DeMarcos stor[...]