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UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Report: Northwest hotelier and Ambassador Gordon Sondland accused of sexual misconduct by three women

Gordon Sondland, the Northwest hotelier who has

UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019

Family of woman whose body was found alongside her fiance’s in the Ridpath remembers her rocky life

Police haven’t determined what happened to a woman and a man whose bodies were recently found in the Ridpath, but the woman’s family recalls her struggles to maintain her sobriety …

UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019

Man, woman found dead from gunshots in Ridpath Club apartment

Spokane police are investigating a shooting that left two dead inside the Ridpath Club Apartments, according to court records.

Shawn Vestal: From downtown developer to federal convict, the fall of Ron Wells is stunning

A superstitious person might wonder if there’s a curse on the Ridpath Hotel, whose history has been marked by saviors who turn out to be con men.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 8, 2019

Wells stripped of Ridpath authority as investors vow to complete downtown Spokane project

Investors behind the renovation of the Ridpath Hotel into affordable housing have stripped Ron Wells of his authority over the project in an effort to protect the project from recent …

Shawn Vestal: Spokane deserves classier motto, like ‘Keep Spokane Kind of Gross’

From torn-up roads, to large infrastructure and park projects, to that one looming crane, Spokane is entering a construction season that marks the way the city is changing distinctly.

The Dirt: Conversion of Ridpath complex moves forward

Work on the former Ridpath Hotel complex continues, with permits issued for work on a top-floor condo unit and demolition of most of the adjoining Ridpath Motor Inn.

Conversion of Ridpath complex moves foward

Work on the former Ridpath Hotel complex continues, with permits issued for work on a top-floor condo unit and demolition of most of the adjoining Ridpath Motor Inn.

Ridpath’s revival into small downtown Spokane apartments attracts renters

Nearly 10 years after the last hotel guests checked out, downtown Spokane’s Ridpath Hotel is getting new tenants. And they pay rent.

Ridpath’s party draws several hundred people back to the former downtown Spokane landmark

Several hundred people crowded into the Ridpath Hotel on Thursday afternoon for an early party anticipating the landmark’s return to prominence in the social life of Spokane.

The Dirt: Clothing retailer H&M plans NorthTown outlet

Clothing store H&M has plans for a second Spokane location in the NorthTown Mall, based on a newly filed request for a building permit.

9 projects that will transform Spokane’s city center

Spokane is in the midst of major transformations, with $800 million in public and private investment pouring into the city’s downtown and nearby neighborhoods.

City Council loans Ridpath developer $1.75 million and awards tax breaks

Developer Ron Wells plans 214 housing units in the historic hotel, including micro apartments that will rent for $453 a month. The loan will be repaid over a 25-year period. …

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.

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 …

Developer Ron Wells loses Ridpath bid

Spokane developer Ron Wells is losing his grip on rehabilitating the Ridpath Hotel as a different group steps in to consolidate ownership.

Create Spokane kicks off a monthlong arts celebration

Spokane Art’s Create Spokane month brings arts programming to the fore.

Doug Clark: Switching on neon sign may signify brighter days for Ridpath

‘See it, yet?” “I don’t think so.”

Editorial: Downtown investment mechanisms deserve council approval

A new tavern, the Tamarack Public House, will soon join the list of eating and drinking establishments adding to downtown Spokane’s vitality and amenities. But the Tamarack’s century-old building needed …

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 …

Proposal would ease downtown utility bill disparity

Developer Ron Wells has a waiting list of nearly 200 people wanting affordable apartments in downtown Spokane. “There’s another 50 to 60 that couldn’t wait around and had to find …

Feds now want developer Greg Jeffreys to repay $12 million

A recent U.S. Supreme Court opinion has federal prosecutors asking for about $2 million more in restitution from jailed Spokane developer Greg Jeffreys, who pleaded guilty last year to wire …

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 …

Then and Now photos: Ridpath built with mine money

William M. Ridpath, born in 1845 in Putnam County, Ind., volunteered for service during the Civil War, serving two hitches before mustering out and attending college. Col. Ridpath taught school …

Jailed developer Jeffreys faces new fraud, contempt, conspiracy charges

A new federal indictment against jailed developer Greg Jeffreys and his wife accuses the couple of defrauding a local bank to buy pieces of the troubled Ridpath hotel. A second …

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 …

Ridpath’s fate hinges on condo bylaws suit

The Ridpath’s future keeps bumping into its past. This time, a bit of chicanery from five years ago has gotten tangled up in the competing efforts of two high-profile Spokane …

Restoration of Ridpath’s glory days adds to mix of ideas for faded hotel

For a long time, it seemed, no one wanted to touch the Ridpath. Now the historic hotel has more suitors than it can handle.

FBI seizes $75,000 from account

FBI agents have seized $75,000 as they unravel financial dealings loosely tied to the Ridpath Hotel debacle. The money sat in a RiverBank account controlled by the son of investigation …

Jeffreys’ sleight of hand isn’t just Ridpath

The federal investigation into the real estate deals of Greg Jeffreys – the man at the center of the Ridpath mess – depicts schemes so brazen that it’s hard to …