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Spokane developer Walt Worthy has signed a letter of intent to buy downtown land as part of his plans to build a 15-story, 700-room Convention Center hotel. Worthy, who owns the Davenport Hotel, the Davenport Tower and Hotel Lusso, announced nine months ago his big plans to build the new hotel directly south of the INB Performing Art Center and Spokane Convention Center.
The city of Spokane has agreed to pay $49,500 to a guest of the Davenport Hotel who suffered shoulder injuries when he was tackled by police in 2008. Charles J. Potter was charged with obstruction of justice and resisting arrest in connection with an August 2008 confrontation in which he expressed concern about how police were treating two young men they were arresting. He was acquitted by a Spokane Municipal Court jury, then sued officers Corey Lyons and Jake Jensen in U.S. District Court.
Three service workers formerly employed at the Davenport Hotel have filed a lawsuit against the Spokane hospitality company, claiming it deducted wages for work 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.
The national president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars is visiting Spokane, starting on Monday and staying through Nov. 28. Leeanne Lemley will be honored Monday afternoon at a banquet at VFW Post 51 and also Tuesday at a high tea at the Davenport Hotel, and she’ll take a tour of Fairchild Air Force Base.
Historic preservation in downtown Spokane is a lot more than old buildings. It’s fine dining, nightlife, shows, shops, wineries and lodging. It’s also the people who make historic places go.
Spokane-area hotel managers have mixed feelings about Walt and Karen Worthy’s plans to build a 700-room downtown hotel. Yes, the 15-story full-service hotel will take away some of their business, managers said.
In the span of four weeks Walt and Karen Worthy pieced together ambitious plans to build the city’s largest hotel: a 700-room, 15-story showpiece connected to the Spokane Convention Center. The hotel and an adjoining parking garage would fill an entire block. Groundbreaking is expected next spring, with completion in 2014.
Developer and hotelier Walt Worthy will build a 15-story, 700-room hotel south of the Spokane Convention Center, connected to the center by a skywalk, according to a press release.
Upon arriving in the U.S. from Ukraine, Max Baron and his family faced obstacles many refugees do on their way to self-sufficiency. “It was a completely new life,” he said. “New rules, new language. It was kind of tough. The only thing we could think of was get a job, pay the bills.”
As the excruciating end-game surrounding the Ridpath Hotel plays out, one name has cropped up repeatedly as a potential savior. But Walt Worthy, the man who gave the Davenport Hotel back to Spokane, says he is not interested in these particular square feet.
Spa Paradiso, the downtown Spokane beauty care business in the Davenport Hotel, will move into new space in the Kendall Yards development, owners Jan and Larry Schoonover said. The 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.