The Boro Advances Plans to Offer Temporary Hotel Rooms at Residential Tower

The developers behind The Boro — a sprawling project scheduled for staggered openings throughout the year — have filed paperwork for a plan to work with the company WhyHotel to turn unleased rental units into temporary hotel rooms.

“Given the large number of units in the building, the applicant anticipates that the initial lease-up period for the Rise will be at least 18-24 months,” Elizabeth Baker, senior land use planner for the developers, said in a report on the project. “During this period not to exceed 24 months, the Applicant proposes to temporarily utilize up to 150 market rate units throughout the building for short-term residential or hotel stays.”

The report notes that the stays would be coordinated and managed by WhyHotel, and the guests would have access to the residential parking garage in the building and amenities like the fitness lounge, club room, yoga studio and rooftop swimming pool.

As a bonus, the report says the short term residents would be more likely to use transit or alternate modes of transportation, resulting in a temporarily reduced demand on parking and single occupancy vehicles trips around the site.

There are no architectural design changes resulting from the proposal and at the end of the 24-month period, the temporary use would be terminated.

“The request represents a modest and relatively short term change in use for the property that will be positive for the Boro project and the county,” Baker said in the report.

A staff report and Planning Commission hearing are both scheduled for May.

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