SPOKANE, Wash. - The downtown Spokane skyline continues to change thanks to Walt Worthy's latest hotel project going up across the street from the INB Performing Arts Center.
"You know what is really nice to see in downtown Spokane? A large crane," Matt Jensen of The Davenport Hotel said.
Construction is moving along nicely, the walls of the new hotel are starting to go up and Matt Jensen walked along the construction site, sharing Worthy's vision for the new hotel.
"This section that we are seeing here is the hotel tower. It will run the length of Spokane Falls Boulevard," Jensen explained.
What is now a city block sized construction site filled with heavy machinery will by 2015 be a 15-story hotel with 715 rooms.
"Everyone is going to like the feel of it," Jensen said. "It's going to have a little more of a contemporary feel, a little more high tech, very different than The Davenport," Jensen said.
Thanks to the relatively dry winter so far construction is ahead of schedule.
"We didn't think it would move this quickly especially in the winter time when you have so many more elements to deal with, but it has been a light winter so we have continued to keep building," Jensen said.
Those staying at the new hotel can expect to unwind in spacious, 450 square feet rooms.
"We are going to have king, king bedded room, a lot of times, you'll have two kings in a room but not two queens," Jensen said.
While guests will stay in comfort once the hotel opens, the construction work is already injecting more life downtown.
"It's development, it's energy, it's bringing jobs," Jensen said, adding that he expects 500 to 600 people will be needed to run the new hotel.
"We are just so thrilled to be part of this future build out of Spokane," he said.
The plan is to start construction on the interior of the hotel next winter and open by the summer of 2015. The hotel's parking garage will be partially open this fall and once completed will have more than 900 spaces for public use.