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Foss Hotel still on track to ground-breaking

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Aug. 31, 2012 at 11:33 am |
August 31, 2012 11:45 am

There’s no date certain yet for the ground-breaking for the much-delayed Foss Waterway hotel, but processing of permits is moving forward, says the hotel’s architect.

The hotel, now being planned by its third developer in a decade, has been repeatedly postponed by financing issues, political bottlenecks, permit and courtroom challenges.
Foss Hotel
Marriott Residence Inn on the Foss Waterway

The last legal impediment was removed earlier this summer when the Washington Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of the issuance of shoreline permits for the hotel.

Developer Hollander Investments of Bellingham has since been updating the hotel plans and seeking final building permits for the multi-story structure.

Seattle architect Dave Murphy said Friday that he expects those permits will be issued within a few weeks.

The 104-room Marriott Residence Inn is scheduled to be built on a site on the east side of the downtown Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway on Dock Street. The hotel site is between the Esplanade condos and the Thea’s Landing residences.

The Marriott is planned as part of a three-building, U-shaped complex. The Marriott will be one leg of the U with another hotel, to be built later, as the other leg. An office structure will link the two.

Besides the financing problems the first two developers encountered, the project has been delayed by opposition from the owners of downtown’s Murano hotel who have claimed the Marriott is aesthetically unsuited for the waterfront site.

Those hotel owners are allied with a hotel workers union who have a beef with Hollander over Hollander’s Courtyard by Marriott across from the Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. The Murano is unionized. The Courtyard is not.

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