The renovation of the Owyhee Plaza nears completion and while it is a month behind schedule General Manager, Clay Carley, says the timing is “not bad for such a complex project.” A recent article in the Idaho Statesmen highlights the changes that were made to the Owyhee Plaza Hotel that was orginially built in 1910.
One of the areas of focus is on the large, elegant rooftop terrace that was closed in 1940. Carley’s plan opens the terrace and will be able to hold up to 150 people. The Owyhee Plaza will also be able to accommodate larger events because the renovation increased the occupancy level of its ballroom from 220 to 350 persons.
Carley is known for his renovation of Old Boise at 6th and main streets, but this his first attempt at a residential building. “The building will have 36 apartments. Most are one-bedroom. Four will be studios. Carley says they’ll be finished in January and open for occupancy on Feb. 1. He says 22 people are already on the list to move in.”
Carley says that he asked to get a “stained glass dome that was removed from the ceiling of the lobby and reinstalled at the Idaho State Historical Society” back, but was unable to convince the Society.
The Plaza will house other businesses and restaurants. Hopefully this will bring the desired rejuvenation to Downtown Boise’s west end.