Boise & Garden City

GBAD gives Gardner Co. permission to explore hotel project on Downtown Boise’s Parcel B

The Gardner Co., developer of two of Downtown Boise’s biggest projects in recent years, is looking to build a hotel with at least 200 rooms on Parcel B, a 5-acre lot between 11th, 13th, Front and Myrtle streets.

The hotel would be expandable to 300 or more rooms and would be “of quality and (have) amenities similar to or better than an Embassy Suites, DoubleTree or Marriott Renaissance convention hotel,” according to an agreement the Greater Boise Auditorium District, which owns Parcel B, approved Thursday afternoon. Additional development of the property is possible.

For years, the district planned to build a new convention center and, potentially, a hotel on Parcel B. Despite a few serious proposals, that plan never worked out. Meanwhile, Gardner appears to have solved the district’s desire for more convention space. The developer is building an expansion of Boise Centre, the district’s convention venue, by including a ballroom, meeting space, a commercial-style kitchen and pre-function space in City Center Plaza, a multi-use project under construction north and east of the Grove Plaza.

City Center Plaza also would include office, restaurant and parking space. Gardner also built Eighth & Main, Idaho’s tallest building, in Downtown Boise.

Gardner’s agreement with the district allows the company six months to explore options for developing Parcel B. The appraised value of the property is $8 million. Gardner attorney Geoff Wardle said Thursday his company plans to present the district’s board members with more detailed plans for developing Parcel B within two months.