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Here’s the latest rendering of the Worthy downtown convention center hotel

More chances to take sides on the Walt Worthy downtown Convention Center hotel.  Not that we take any sides in the matter.

The latest architect's rendering is shown here, thanks to efforts by Worthy's Davenport Hotel Collection company.

Also here (below) is a PFD document with a detailed summary and drawings of what will be inside the huge 722-room, 15-room hotel.

The work continues on the ground and is expected to continue through next year, with an expected opening in 2015.

The whole point, according to the Spokane Public Facilities District, is to give downtown a lot more room and more dazzle to attract events and conventions.  A consultant told the PFD that the hotel will draw roughly nine more events each year to the Convention Center and generate roughly 20,000 extra room nights from those conventions.

It also predicted the hotel would host 75 to 100 new events per year.


Documents:

It’s official: the previous rendering of Walt Worthy’s proposed hotel was out-of-date

Office Hours pulled the image that ran with a blog entry yesterday about the proposed Convention Center hotel.

This was done at the request of Matt Jensen, who works for the Davenport Collection, the corporate entity that runs the Davenport buildings, the Lusso and would run the new hotel, if it's built.

We debated not pulling the rendering, which appeared online at the Public Facilities District site. It was, at one time, a formal rendering presented to the district during earlier discussions.

Jensen said the old rendering is no longer up-to-date and doesn't reflect the most recent plans for the building. Since we'd rather have a true rendering, we opted to pull the image.

Jensen said a new rendering should be available within a week.

Spa Paradiso looks to open the end of April, taking new digs in Kendall Yard

Valentine's Day related business item. Spa Paradiso, last seen in the basement of the downtown Spokane Davenport Hotel, plans on reopening in a new location in Kendall Yards the end of April.

The full-service spa and salon has been closed since fall 2012. It originally hoped to open in a new commercial building in the Kendall Yards development on Dec. 1. Project managers however didn't finish the building that early.

The spa will take half of the 13,000-square foot two-story building due east of the Cedar Plaza building, which houses Central Food. The other tenant in the new building is The Inlander newspaper.

The building will be the second commercial building at Kendall Yards, a Greenstone multiuse development west of the Monroe Street Bridge and north of the river.

Co-owner Larry Schoonover said he'll start booking appointments in early April. The company will have around 35 employees.

They will lease about half of a 13,000-square-foot, two-story building due west of the new Cedar Plaza Building. A second unidentified tenant will take the other half of the space.

The new commercial building is part of the 78-acre Kendall Yards development, a project of Greenstone Corp. So far more than 140 residential units have been sold or are under construction

Three former Davenport Hotel workers file a claim, asserting time deductions were illegal

Three former service workers of the Davenport Hotel have filed a suit against the Spokane hospitality company, claiming it deducted wages from their paychecks for breaks they didn’t take.

Attorney Kenneth Zigler filed the claim in Spokane County Superior Court. He said he hopes to certify the claims as a class action against the corporation that operates the hotel and other downtown businesses.

Zigler said it’s too early to guess how many other hourly wage workers might join the suit, adding it could be “a significant number.”

The current Davenport workers he’s contacted “don’t want to put their name on the lawsuit,” Zigler said.

The three plaintiffs are Richard Munoz, Mary Morgan Corrigan and Nicole Hughes. The suit doesn’t indicate which jobs the three held or when they left the company.

 Zigler said they and others who might join the suit were employed at the historic Davenport Hotel, the Davenport Tower, the Post Street Ale House, the Hotel Lusso or the Peacock Lounge. Any claims would only apply to practices during the past three years.

Jobs mentioned in the suit are bussers, bartenders, hostesses and servers.

Lynnelle Caudill, managing director of the hotel group, said the suit is without merit. “This appears to be an action being pushed by a former disgruntled employee who was terminated and banned from hotel premises, for unrelated reasons,” she wrote by email.

Jay Inslee will join Wednesday’s GSI ‘meet your legislators’ session downtown

Yesterday's Officehours post about Wednesday's GSI Meet Your Legislators has to be updated.

GSI this morning confirmed that Gov-Elect Jay Inslee will join the event, which starts at 3 p.m. at the Davenport Hotel.  Yesterday's entry described who else will be there.

Key details: It's in the Davenport Pennington Room; the forum runs 3 to 5 p.m..

Inslee has stated he intends to hang around at the reception starting around 5:15 p.m. in the same place.

Cost: $50 for members of GSI, $80 for others.
  

Will Walt Worthy’s big new headquarter hotel line up with Marriott or Hilton?

This week's big announcement about plans by Walt and Karen Worthy included the likelihood that the new building will be co-branded with a national hotel chain.

We asked again today (Friday) if the Worthys have already narrowed down the choices to one or two major U.S. brands.

The answer: They're talking now to Marriott. But Hilton is also in the picture.

As of Friday, no solid terms or agreements have been set. 

Worthys’ project would be more than twice the size of Davenport Hotel

Today's big local business story was the announcement by Walt and Karen Worthy that they're about to begin a plan to build a large headquarter hotel near the Spokane Convention Center.

They acknowledged that the plan is for a very big hotel. About 550,000 square feet. Plus another 300,000 square feet for a garage adjoining the hotel.

By comparison, the historic Davenport Hotel is roughly 250,000 square feet. That takes up a whole block.

So imagine a city block twice as big, that's about the size of the new hotel the Worthys say they're going to start.

Groundbreaking would be the first quarter of 2013. It would likely not be ready until mid to late 2014, according to today's press conference  held downtown.

Out of the basement into Kendall Yards: Spa Paradiso grabs a river view

Spa Paradiso, the downtown beauty care business in the Davenport Hotel, will move into new space in the Kendall Yards development, owners Jan and Larry Schoonover said.

The natural-care and beauty spa opened its doors in the 1990s in the basement of the former Bank Of American building downtown. It moved to the lower level of the Davenport in 2002.

The move will allow their business to expand and take advantage of views of the Spokane River, said Larry Schoonover. “We really think the location in Kendall Yards is special. The commercial and residential mix there, in the heart of the city, is really unique,” said Larry Schoonover.

The business has 35 employees and will likely add more after the relocation, he said.

The Schoonovers will close their current spa July 22 and open on Dec. 1.

They will lease about half of a 13,000-square-foot, two-story building due west of the new Cedar Plaza Building. A second unidentified tenant will take the other half of the space.

The new commercial building is part of the 78-acre Kendall Yards development, a project of Greenstone Corp. So far more than 60 residential units have been sold or are in construction.

Plans include for at least five more commercial properties to be developed along the river toward the Monroe Street Bridge, including a grocery store.

Connected to the spa building will be another commercial building also measuring 13,000-square-feet. That adjoining two-level building will be built by Greenstone but owned by the Pacific Northwest Inlander. It plans to move into the building in the fall.

Facebook ‘boost’ for business owners and managers is Tuesday morning

UPDATED:  

Part of tomorrow's Facebook Small Business Boost is a summary of how Facebook, starting in January, will award small businesses up to $10 million worth of free Facebook advertising. The goal of these these ad credits is  to give 200,000 businesses across  the country a $50 boost.

 
More on the Facebook “boost” taking place Tuesday in Spokane, as part of the ongoing National Federation of Independent Business summit at the Davenport Hotel, in downtown. 

Four reps from Facebook will kick off the “boost” at 8:45 a.m. in the hotel. They are: Matt Baker, Bess Siegfried, Carlos Tejuco and Maxine Schlein. All have the title of “small business growth specialist.” I have a feeling you can find their profiles on Facebook.

The event is open to the public.

The goal is to help more businesses find ways to leverage the reach and range of Facebook.

The agenda for the rest of the summit is here.

Davenport, CDA Resort get awards in magazine survey

Smart Meetings magazine has picked the Davenport Hotel and the Coeur d’Alene Resort as platinum-medal winners in its 2010 list of notable gathering spots. The only other Idaho site chosen is Sun Valley Resort.

Other locations in Washington chosen were:

• The Fairmont Olympic Hotel
• Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
• Hyatt Regency Bellevue
• Skamania Lodge
• Tulalip Resort Casino

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