SPOKANE, Wash.-- Big changes are expected for the skyline of Downtown Spokane.
The owners of the Davenport unveiled their plans Wednesday for a brand new, four-star hotel on what’s now a parking lot across the street from the INB Performing Arts Center.
Walt and Karen Worthy say it will be a 15-story building housing 700 rooms across 550,000 square feet. It will connect to the convention center complex via a skywalk over Spokane Falls Bouelvard.
“We aren’t getting subsidies from the [Public Facilities District], or any other entity that we know of at this point. We’re doing it mostly with our money,” Walt Worthy said.
The hotel will be constructed on land currently owned by the PFD. Mayor Condon says he’s looking forward to the transformation.
“That means tax revenue from folks outside our city, that may not use the services of our city, but definitely spend money in our city,” he said.
The hotel will be affiliated with a national brand name, such as Hyatt, Marriott or Hilton.
There is no word yet on the hotel’s look, but the Worthys expect to finalize a design soon.
If all goes as planned, the hotel will break ground in spring of 2013 and open a year-and-a-half after that.
“We still have some I’s to dot and T’s to cross, and figure out what color and all of that,” Worthy said. “But we’re going to do the best job we know how to do, and that’s all we can do.”
Developers say once completed, the hotel will be the biggest building in the city.
The owners predict it will provide over 1,000 new jobs for the region.