SPOKANE, Wash. – The former Trade Winds hotel is now a major construction area complete with chain-link fences and fork lifts. Renovation began in August and crews are already making progress.
Construction workers said they are honored to take part in the project.
“We want it to be a really good place when the finished project is done and somewhere people want to stay. You know, stay for a while, not just a day,” said Eric Beard.
Every room in the old hotel has been gutted. It took 10 days just to clear out the rooms.
Construction workers said it was common to find beer cans, syringes and other disgusting items inside the building.
Crews said, beside the filth, progress has been swift. They said work has been moving so quickly, that the new Howard Johnson could open six months ahead of schedule. It could open as early as Thanksgiving.
The rush to complete construction is because of potential sales.
Every year, the holidays bring visitors to Spokane and developers said they hope to open the hotel by the time the holiday travel rush comes to town.
As work plugs away, details continue to emerge about the finishing plans. A children’s water park will eventually be housed on the ground floor.
(© 2016 KREM)