SPOKANE, Wash. - The redevelopment of the historical -- and troubled -- Ridpath Hotel has been delivered a setback. The hotel was supposed to be turned into apartments by June, but a leak dampened three floors and any hope of moving forward.
On the outside of the hotel everything looks the same except for the garbage chute. The garbage chute's there because inside major demolition and cleaning are underway. The Ridpath is full of history but has a troubled past, and its latest problem only adds to that timeline.
A little over a month ago, a fire suppression water sprinkler pipe burst between the 4th and 5th floor.
"That wall was soaked and so was the ceiling," Ridpath developer Ron Wells said.
Wells says the pipes were filled with water and antifreeze to prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting but one did burst and water leaked through the rooms, the lobby, all the way down to the main circuit breaker in the basement of the parking lot, which drowned in two feet of water.
"This was a completely finished floor two months ago," Wells said.
Wells said there's more than $1 Million in damage. Floors 2 to 4 got the worst of it, the hallways completely gutted. It looks like construction is underway when it's just the opposite.
"It's going to be another two months, or three months before we can even start our work," Wells said.
Floors five and above are still in good shape.
The damage will be paid for by insurance, but Wells says the large claim still won't benefit his future construction plans.
"None of this tear out here was ever planned. This will just take longer to rebuild and replace," Wells said.
A building that's been closed for six years, vandalized, and been through countless disputes among multiple owners was almost on its way to a new life. Wells said it just needs another chance again.
"I'm not going to give up on this, I'm too close to having it done," Wells said.
Wells planned to finish the apartments by June but now that's when construction will start. Now he's hoping to have the first residents move in by November.
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