Friday, January 18, 2013

IBR: Remodel of Owyhee Plaza Set to Begin

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 11:17 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.

In November, developer Clay Carley, owner of the Old Boise Sixth and Main development, announced his purchase of the Owyhee Plaza at 1109 Main St. in downtown Boise, with plans he said would "activate and energize" the hotel.

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

Now the Idaho Business Review reports Carley has partnered with a California-based company, LocalConstruct, and plans to begin renovating the century-old hotel in the coming months.

Renovations will include the demolition of the Owyhee Plaza's pool and an adjacent outbuilding of rooms bordering Grove Street, to be completed by March. The Owyhee's restaurant space, home to the shuttered Gamekeeper, is a "critical component," Carley told Boise Weekly.

"I will carefully scrutinize the candidates who want to operate our restaurant space," Carley said.

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