Development company outlines its plans for building hotel near downtown North Bend
December 12, 2011
A Bellevue-based development company has filed paperwork with North Bend to begin the permitting process for construction of a new hotel complex along Bendigo Boulevard next to the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River.
The company, New Sky wants to build at least one and possibly two hotels on the nine-acre site. Most of the land would be left untouched as a buffer.
According to the development proposal that the company filed with the city in early November, New Sky would first build a 106-room Holiday Inn Express hotel on a 1.91 acre site, and potentially build an 85-room Hampton Inn and Suites on a 1.32 acre site in the future.
The franchises could change, according to the document.
No representative from New Sky or its owner, Paul Pong, could be reached for comment.
The 106-room building would have five stories and be 55 feet tall. It would have a conference room and restaurant.
The second development, if constructed, would have four stories and be 55 feet tall, as well. It could be changed to provide space for retail, residential or commercial use, according to the document.
The site is zoned as Interchange Mixed Use, which allows residential and commercial uses.
New Sky filed initial documents with North Bend in January.
The company is owned by Paul Pong, whose family has developed several hotels in the Seattle area, including the Courtyard Inn by Marriott in downtown Bellevue.
The nine-acre site, next to the Shamrock Park neighborhood, is owned by the Pioneer Development Corp., which is also owned by Pong, according to county records.
Just a few blocks to the east is a site of another potential hotel development project. That site is owned by Snoqualmie Valley native George Wyrsch, but he has had trouble finding financing for his development south of Interstate 90.
Wyrsch said he is not concerned about the potential competition.
The New Sky project still has many hurdles to clear before ground is broken, according to city staff.
The steps include ensuring the plan’s compliance with North Bend code and state law, such as passing environmental review and design review.
Once the developer’s application is in order, the city will schedule public hearings before permits are approved.
The city has not made any decisions yet on the application, Estep said.
According to a traffic study filed by the developer in January, the project would not significantly affect traffic on Bendigo Boulevard.
The study, conducted by Heath and Associates Inc. in December, projected that most trips — about 75 percent — to the site would come from I-90.
The development narrative filed in November calls for creation of more than 250 parking stalls.
Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or firstname.lastname@example.org.