720-room hotel under construction in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Construction is under way on a 15-story hotel across the street from the Spokane Convention Center.

The Spokesman-Review reports ( http://bit.ly/1jmjgyF) the $50 million, 720-room hotel will be the largest in the city.

The hotel is expected to open in 2015. It is being built by the Davenport Hotel Collection, the Spokane company owned by Karen and Walt Worthy. The Worthys started work on the project in mid-August.

The Spokane Public Facilities District will cover the cost of a skywalk that will connect the hotel to the Convention Center. Final approval of the skywalk design is expected within three weeks, Davenport Hotel Collection spokesman Matt Jensen said.

The public facilities district is also paying $500,000 toward the cost of ground remediation.

In addition to 120,000 square feet of rooms, facilities and meeting areas, the project includes a 900-space parking garage.

The construction eliminated several hundred surface parking spots near the INB Performing Arts Center, the Convention Center and nearby businesses.

That change has created a major disruption for those attending events or shopping in that part of town, said Chris O'Harra, owner of Auntie's Bookstore just west of where the hotel will open.

Nevertheless, she said, "I'm excited about this. It's a major project, and it's going to bring a lot of people to this side of town."

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com


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