Friday, June 6, 2014

The Owyhee Gives a Sneak Peek Inside

Posted By on Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 11:38 AM

click to enlarge BW got a glimpse of a model one-bedroom apartment available for rent in the newly renovated Owyhee. - JESSICA MURRI
  • Jessica Murri
  • BW got a glimpse of a model one-bedroom apartment available for rent in the newly renovated Owyhee.

Donning hardhats, a few Boise Weekly staffers got the chance to tour the historic Owyhee June 5. The building plans to swing its doors open in a little over a month—Wednesday, July 9. But as you'll see in our slideshow, the builders still have a way to go.

The new owners of the century-old Owyhee building are now securing leases for residents, restaurants and businesses alike. Co-owners LocalConstruct and Old Boise announced June 2 that the entire fifth floor of office space—10,250 square feet—has been leased to Boise-based MetaGeek, a developer of small and large office Wi-Fi network solutions.

The Owyhee includes more than 115,000 square feet of commercial and residential space, including casual dining, a coffee shop/bar, a gathering area, a gym for residents and tenants with bike storage, and a hair salon, as well as 25,000 square feet of event space with a remodeled rooftop penthouse.

The west side of the complex features 36 apartments—four of them studios—ranging from 485 to 700 square feet and costing around $1,100-$1,200 per month. Many have already been leased and will be available for move-in this July. Parking will cost residents $50 per month.

"We're really taking a swing on building a new downtown, wireless, public space for people to hang out," co-owner of the L.A.-based LocalConstruct Mike Brown told BW on May 29. He added that the first floor will include some of the Owyhee's original architecture and some newer features, including a revamped restaurant, and long library-style tables in the lobby.

At the end of last month, the Owyhee's signage appeared, with bold black letters running down the side of the building.

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