Hedreen Mega-Hotel Project Clears Another Hurdle
- Feb 11, 2014
Seattle developer R.C. Hedreen & Co. has been pushing through its initiative of developing a mega hotel project in the city’s downtown. With the Pacific Northwest’s rise to prominence in recent years, the major cities have seen their hospitality stock be reassessed as investors seek to expand the offering and improve Seattle and Portland’s convention centers, as a means of cashing in on the improving markets. The developer is now one step closer to getting its ambitious hospitality development to light, after the downtown Design Review Board has approved its new designs.
The project would call for the construction of a 41-story hotel project in the downtown area, occupying an entire city block between Howell and Stewart streets. The board has unanimously given its approval for the high-rise. The building would total 1,680 rooms, greatly improving the city’s current hospitality stock, but also a large amount of meeting space, and, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal, 156 units of affordable housing.
Design-wise, the mega-hotel will feature an angled façade, the main flourish of the LMN Architects-provided plan. According to the developer, the project will also feature a modern art installation, and it has commissioned Beverely Pepper to come up with a number of large-scale projects for the park that will be created as part of the development.
The next hurdle that the project needs to clear is obtaining the vacation of an alley that stands in the way of the construction. That meeting is supposed to take place during the second half of February, effectively as a second review of the project in one month. However, the city council will have the final say on the issue.
Rendering courtesy of lmnarchitects.com