Developers Moving Forward With Long-Delayed Hotel Near Whole Foods 

click to enlarge GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice

In 2007, developers were hoping to build Idaho's first Whole Foods grocery story along with a 17-story tower of hotel space and condominiums. Just as the Great Recession was beginning to put a chokehold on the Treasure Valley economy, that proposal was downgraded to a 7-floor hotel and condos. Ultimately, developers opted to move forward with the grocery store—which opened its doors in Boise on Nov. 14, 2013—and put the hotel/condo concept on the back burner.

Now developers are set to  move forward with a scaled-down proposal to construct a 5-story hotel and parking structure on a 1.7-acre site that fronts Myrtle Street immediately south of Whole Foods. When representatives of Eagle-based The Land Group go before the city of Boise Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, Dec. 7, they'll describe plans for a 64,801-square-foot hotel building with an indoor pool on the ground floor and two-level parking garage south of Whole Foods.

Developers promise a hotel lobby space that "will be a pleasant change from the usual, providing a space more like your favorite coffee house than a traditional hotel lobby," according to internal documents. The ground floor also promises to include an outdoor lounge along Myrtle Street. Developers also promise the proposed hotel "will be affiliated with a national hotel flag" but don't mention what chain the hotel would be a part of.

click to enlarge Elevation plans for new hotel near Whole Foods. - BOISE PLANNING AND ZONING
  • Boise Planning and Zoning
  • Elevation plans for new hotel near Whole Foods.

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