Historic Elks Lodge construction

These new window openings will be trimmed in steel and overlook the future patio area of the Historic Elks Lodge.

TWIN FALLS — Renovations are taking place in earnest at the historic Elks Lodge in downtown Twin Falls, and a new brewpub is slated to open in early summer.

A building permit for the core and shell remodel at 205 Shoshone St. N. was granted in March to Summit Creek Capital. The work is valued at $1.5 million but is only a portion of the $4 million the company expects to spend on the former Historic Ballroom.

Once completed, the building at one of downtown’s core intersections will house a brewpub with a restaurant operated by the partners of Elevation 486. Retail and offices are to follow.

“We’ve done quite a bit of demolition outside,” Summit Creek Capital Managing Director Tyler Davis-Jeffers said. The company also “tore a lot of the interior walls out that were added over the years.”

Summit Creek Capital aims to restore the historic building to its former glory. The company is adding new windows and removed the stucco that covered up some of the windows on the ground floor.

Davis-Jeffers said the company is still seeking tenants for its upper floor and downstairs retail, but right now its focus is on getting the restaurant ready to open this summer.

The Urban Renewal Agency previously tore down a building next to the historic Elks Lodge, in order for the company to build a ground level and lower level patio facing the alley. The URA will also reimburse Summit Creek Capital for sidewalk and landscaping along Shoshone Street and Second Avenue North. Davis-Jeffers said there will be some impact on pedestrians and traffic, but he anticipates it won’t be for long.

While Twin Falls’ building department issued no building permits for new commercial buildings in March, it did approve 11 permits for commercial additions and remodels, with a combined value of more than $2.7 million. The city also issued 24 new single-family home permits.

In total, the building department issued 292 permits in March with a value of $7.5 million. Although there was a lull in both number of permits and overall values from a year ago, the city is up for the year-to-date in both those categories. Twin Falls lags, however, in new home permits for the year.

Other commercial permits of interest issued in March included:

  • A $450,000 remodel for Debra Gates’ building at 147 Main Ave. E., next to the downtown plaza. Starr Corp. is the contractor for both projects and will run them concurrently, URA director Nathan Murray said.
  • A $150,000 tenant improvement remodel for a Pizza Hut at 1553 Washington St. N., No. 300.
  • A $260,000 addition at Homestyle Direct LLC, 2032 Highland Ave. E. for a new freezer.
  • An $80,000 remodel at Kapstone Paper, 348 South Park Ave. W., for an interior wall opening.
  • A $42,000 remodel to create two tenant spaces at 420 Falls Ave., on behalf of the Idaho Department of Labor and Glanbia.

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