The Nampa City Council unanimously agreed to look into a land swap that would enable a Spokane-based company to build an 81-room hotel adjacent to the Nampa Civic Center.
Peppertree Hospitality, operating under the Best Western Plus, announced Monday that it intends to make a $5 million investment in the Nampa hotel, and that evening, the City Council declared its intent to pursue a land swap to make it happen.
City officials have said for about 15 years they would like to see a hotel built next to the Civic Center to accommodate conferences and large-scale special occasions. If ultimately approved, the hotel project is slated for completion in October 2016.
The plan would trade about 39,000 square feet of city-owned land in the west end of the Civic Center parking lot for a 4,000 square foot building on 13th Avenue South, according to a city news release. After a public hearing on Oct. 19, the City Council will consider the agreement and determine if the value of the building and the land are equal, the news release said.
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In addition, the City Council will review a shared parking agreement between Peppertree and the city to accommodate parking for the hotel use, Civic Center and City Hall complex, officials said. And to create more available parking area, the old gym building located south of City Hall would be demolished, according to the news release.
The gym is now used for document storage, and those documents would be moved to the building that the city would receive through the land swap, officials said.
The estimated cost for the gym demolition and parking lot construction is $130,000 and would be paid for by Peppertree, according to the news release.
“We are very excited about this venture,” Nampa Mayor Bob Henry said. “This new $5 million hotel will be on the tax rolls, and it will be beneficial for the Civic Center. It’s been a goal for a long time to have a hotel adjacent to the Nampa Civic Center to attract groups looking for convention space and nearby hotel."
In addition to 81 rooms, the new hotel will feature an indoor swimming pool and fitness center. Guest services will include complimentary breakfast, morning newspaper, internet access and happy hour. The company has chosen Baker Construction of Spokane to build the property.
“This property is going to be a great addition to the Best Western portfolio," said Mark Williams, vice president of North American development for Best Western International.
"I am really excited to be part of the Nampa community," said Peppertree Inns of Washington owner Rita Santillanes, a former Idaho resident. "We feel that adding a Best Western Plus to the community will be great addition to an already great city."