Stories tagged: ridpath hotel
Fri., June 23, 2017, 4:22 p.m.
Coming soon from Jeremy Hansen: Octopus Gin and a classic French brasserie
The octopus-themed gin joint and traditional French eatery are slated to open in the old Ridpath Hotel.
UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 8:41 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Hammers ready to swing inside the Ridpath
You might have been forgiven for thinking it would never happen. The storied Ridpath Hotel – a downtown fixture for more than a century – had fallen into such a …
UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 11:09 p.m.
Ridpath loan of $1.75 million clears first hurdle from Spokane City Council
The city will have to vote a few more times before Ron Wells’ loan to convert the old hotel into mixed housing gets final approval.
Sun., March 5, 2017, 8 a.m.
Spokane’s urban explorers look for the humanity in abandoned places, but there are risks
Urban explorers have been plumbing the depths of Spokane’s hidden places.
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 12:46 p.m.
City Hall will be asked to approve $1.75 million in funding for Ridpath Hotel rehab
Plans and money are coming together to revitalize the decaying Ridpath Hotel. With the help of a $1.75 million city loan expected this spring, developer Ron Wells is closer to …
Thu., Oct. 20, 2016, 1 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Finally, Ridpath renovation may be a reality, part of ‘generational transformation’ of downtown
Downtown Spokane is in the midst of a massive, generational transformation, a series of changes that will redefine it for years to come.
Thu., May 19, 2016, 1:13 p.m.
Reopening Ridpath a thorny endeavor
Five years on, nothing much has changed at the deteriorating Ridpath Hotel in downtown Spokane.
Fri., Feb. 5, 2016, 2:31 p.m.
City likely to back affordable housing vision for Ridpath Hotel
The Spokane City Council will consider a resolution supporting Ron Wells’ proposal to reopen the Ridpath Hotel as low-income apartments.
Tue., Jan. 19, 2016, 12:58 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Two visions of Ridpath’s future still battling to take control of shuttered hotel
It is only natural that the long, strange trip that has unfolded over the past several years at the Ridpath Hotel would continue to get longer and stranger. Two potential …
Fri., Dec. 11, 2015
100 years ago in Spokane: Earthquake shakes South Hill as saloons prepare for alcohol-free era
From our archives, 100 years ago A sizable earthquake shook the South Hill, especially the Cannon Hill and Rockwood areas.
Fri., Oct. 2, 2015, 2:26 p.m.
Window Dressing brings new life to Ridpath skywalk
As part of the Fall Visual Arts Tour, Window Dressing will be unveiling the first five installations intended to spruce up the area around the abandoned Ridpath Hotel.
Fri., July 10, 2015
Shawn Vestal: Arts entrepreneurs’ next project is dressing up downtown
It’s been just three weeks since the second Bazaar, the downtown local arts festival that already feels like a community staple. So naturally, Ginger Ewing, one of the people who …
Fri., Aug. 8, 2014
Jim Kershner’s this day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago The Rev. James D. Crooks, 64, of Troy, Idaho, was arrested on murder charges in the death of his wife, Eliza L. Crooks, 64. …
Wed., July 23, 2014
Washington Trust purchases Ridpath Annex to accommodate workforce growth
Washington Trust Bank has purchased the empty Ridpath Annex with plans to convert the building into office space to absorb the bank’s downtown growth. The bank’s purchase brings an end …
Sat., June 28, 2014
Shawn Vestal: Project aims to restore Spokane’s old neon signs
Tobby Hatley wants to bring some color back to the Spokane night. Hatley, a former TV newsman, is leading a project to identify and refurbish some of the grand neon …
Sat., June 21, 2014
HUD loan key to Ridpath redevelopment
After more than three years of watching private developers struggle to save the derelict Ridpath Hotel, Spokane city officials are prepared to arrange limited financing to help convert the building …
Wed., June 11, 2014
Shawn Vestal: Jeffreys fraud case spreads plenty of blame
There is a strange bit of parallel blaming in recent court filings surrounding Spokane fraud king Greg Jeffreys. In attempting to get a judge to lower the millions in restitution …
Tue., June 10, 2014
Jeffreys gets 8-year prison term
A Spokane developer who swindled millions from investors and banks in complex real estate schemes, including one involving the decrepit Ridpath Hotel downtown, was sentenced Monday to eight years in …
Sat., Feb. 8, 2014
Shawn Vestal: Hurdles keep coming in Wells’ bid to resuscitate the Ridpath
Ron Wells is becoming leery of setting deadlines at the Ridpath Hotel. He had hoped that work to turn the decrepit old hotel into a downtown apartment building would be …
Sat., Nov. 23, 2013
Shawn Vestal: Greg Jeffreys never learned how to stop hustling
Greg Jeffreys never quit trying. The man who set a new land-speed record for big-time Spokane grift never quit hustling. If one deal wasn’t working, he cooked up another. If …
Tue., Nov. 5, 2013
Spokane’s Ridpath Hotel on city’s historic register
The Ridpath Hotel and its east wing building have been added to the Spokane Register of Historic Places. The vote by the Spokane City Council will make the troubled and …
Thu., Oct. 24, 2013
Ridpath Hotel up for National Register of Historic Places
The road to restoration of the Ridpath Hotel in downtown Spokane reaches an important milestone today as the hotel goes up for recommendation to the National Register of Historic Places. …
Sat., Sept. 14, 2013
Ridpath Hotel on path to a new beginning
Now you see them. Now you don’t. A judge has ruled that some of the condominium units and restrictions at the Ridpath Hotel were created improperly – and therefore do …
Wed., March 20, 2013
Feds cite Jeffreys’ Mexico connection
Possible connections to someone he called a Mexican drug lord could thwart Gregory D. Jeffreys’ efforts to get out of jail. Jeffreys, a Spokane real estate developer, is awaiting trial …
Fri., March 8, 2013
Investor trying to rebuild his life
In 2006 and 2007, things were going very well for Brian Main. Main was involved in several real estate deals that seemed ripe to produce fast, fat profits – deals …
Tue., Feb. 19, 2013
Public to fund Jeffreys’ case
Spokane developer Greg Jeffreys, who once claimed to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars and bragged that his typical workday included being flown in a Learjet to three cities, …
Sun., Feb. 10, 2013
Indictment alleges Jeffreys’ dark side
People describe Greg Jeffreys as one of the smartest men they know. A persuasive salesman. A tireless worker. An aggressive negotiator and sophisticated dealmaker of uncommon boldness. He was also …
Sat., Feb. 2, 2013
Jeffreys considered flight risk, denied bail by federal judge
When federal authorities arrested Spokane developer Gregory Jeffreys at the Spokane International Airport, he was carrying documents that investigators say outlined yet another scam designed to lure investors into giving …
Fri., Feb. 1, 2013, 7:13 p.m.
Ridpath developer Jeffreys ordered held in jail
When federal authorities arrested developer Gregory Jeffreys Tuesday at the Spokane International Airport, he was carrying documents in his briefcase that investigators say outlined yet another scam designed to lure …
Thu., Jan. 31, 2013
Feds unseal indictment against developer, his wife, girlfriend
Federal authorities unsealed a 73-count indictment Wednesday alleging bank fraud, money laundering and wire fraud against Gregory D. Jeffreys, a Spokane developer who has been largely blamed for the complicated …