Friday, November 30, 2012

Owyhee Plaza Sold to Boise Developer Clay Carley

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 10:18 AM

The Owyhee Hotel, built in 1910, has been sold to Boise native Clay Carley.
  • The Owyhee Plaza, built in 1910, has been sold to Boise native Clay Carley.

Boise's century-old Owyhee Plaza is about to get a major facelift.

Boise native Clay Carley, who owns the Old Boise Sixth and Main development, has purchased the Owyhee, a downtown Main Street landmark since 1910.

"We have two major objectives," Carley told Citydesk this morning. "No. 1, to bring a lot of the original architecture back to life, and No. 2, and perhaps more importantly, to activate and energize the entire hotel."

Carley told Boise Weekly that the Owyhee's prime restaurant space, home to the now-shuttered Gamekeeper, is a "critical component to the revitalization."

"I will carefully scrutinize the candidates who want to operate our restaurant space," Carley said, who confirmed that he's expecting the first restaurant proposal in the next few days.

Carley said today's announcement is in concert with his seeking a joint venture partner for the project, but he closed on the sale on Nov. 28.

The Owyhee will continue to operate as Carley begins his strategic planning for the landmark in early 2013.

"The Owyhee Plaza is a cultural icon in this community," he said. "We'll respect and build upon its heritage while making significant investments to revitalize the properties."

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