Best Western civic center

Construction on the new Best Western Plus Peppertree Nampa Civic Center Inn, seen in this Aug. 29 photo, is progressing. The hotel is slated to open by February.

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NAMPA — The hotel going up by the Nampa Civic Center is slated to open by February, according to a spokeswoman with Peppertree Hospitality Group.

The $5 million, 82-room Best Western Plus Peppertree Nampa Civic Center Inn is being built at the corner of Second Avenue South and Third Street South.

“I’m excited to say we have ... a solution to overnight accommodations,” Nampa Civic Center Director John Cantlon said on Wednesday during the Idaho Press-Tribune’s Nine-Minute Newsmaker interview.

Although it has theater space with many arts performances, the Civic Center primarily focuses on booking business lunches and conferences. Multi-day conferences, which the Civic Center has reportedly missed out on, typically require overnight accommodations.

Valerie Santillanes, of Peppertree Hospitality Group, which owns the hotel, said the Best Western Plus will employ 15 to 20 people, have a bar called “Junction Kitchen and Lounge,” 24-hour pool, a 24-hour fitness room and a video game area for kids.

No discounts for guests who use the Civic Center have been established, but Santillanes suggested the company would offer a group package deal for the meeting space and hotel rooms.

“We look forward to partnering with local businesses and becoming active in the chamber and tourism council,” Santillanes said.

The hotel sits on land that used to be part of the parking lot for the Civic Center and City Hall. A net loss of 69 parking spaces caused some criticism from the public, but according to a study completed by Nampa’s planning and zoning department concluded there is an adequate amount of spaces to support the hotel, Civic Center and City Hall.

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