At the March 13 City Council meeting, Council Members authorized Mayor Larson to execute a development agreement allowing a hotel, restaurant, retail, and office space to be built in the Snoqualmie Ridge Business Park at the corner of SE Center Street and Snoqualmie Parkway.
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Site Plan with Traffic Flow
LOCATION AND LOT SPECIFICATIONS
• Snoqualmie Ridge Business Park, Lot 20, 4.16 acres
• SE corner of Snoqualmie Parkway and SE Center St (across Snoqualmie Parkway from the public library; across SE Center St from Chase Bank)
• Architecture consistent with Snoqualmie Ridge design standards
• Landscaping consistent with Snoqualmie Ridge design standards
• 50 foot setback from Snoqualmie Parkway with replanting of trees to provide a soft screening (See illustrations)
• Restaurant/Retail/Offices: Two stories, height not to exceed 35 feet
• Pedestrian-friendly plazas and seating
• 178 parking stalls
• Hotel: Moderately-priced Hampton by Hilton*
o 99 hotel rooms
o Meeting space for local or out-of-town organizations
o Indoor pool
o Hotel height: (See illustrations)
Four stories (45 feet above ground)
Daylight basement (11 feet sloping downward from hotel’s first story)
Currently, there is only one hotel in Snoqualmie: the Salish Lodge & Spa. It is a five-star hotel with high room rates. At this time, most overnight travelers to Snoqualmie stay at hotels outside of the city, such as in Issaquah, reducing their use of local restaurants and businesses. The significant amount of visitation in Snoqualmie highlights the need to support development of a moderately-priced hotel to accommodate the full range of traveler incomes.
• Tourists who prefer less expensive accommodations than the Salish Lodge & Spa
• Peak-season tourists unable to stay at the Salish Lodge & Spa due to sell-out
• Travelers along Interstate 90
• Participants and spectators of the annual Boeing Classic PGA Champions Tour
• Business professionals visiting corporations in the Snoqualmie Ridge Business Park
• Individuals attending conferences and events at nearby locations
• Individuals attending conferences within the hotel
• Family and friends of local residents
IMPACT ON LOCAL ECONOMY
Tourism is Snoqualmie’s primary industry. More than 2.2 million tourists visit Snoqualmie Falls each year. Having the option to stay overnight at a moderately-priced hotel would encourage many travelers to have longer stays and return visits.
The City of Snoqualmie, its residents and businesses will benefit greatly from the diversified revenue listed below. This could help alleviate the need for increased residential and commercial property taxes in the future for infrastructure, public safety, services, and city staffing.
• Property tax
• Hotel/motel tax
• Utility tax
• Sales tax
• B&O tax
Additionally, the local economy could be improved through support of other Snoqualmie restaurants, retail, and services used by hotel guests. Those features would also expand retail options and services for Snoqualmie residents.
It is the long-term intent of Snoqualmie’s city administration to encourage job development for local residents. The developer forecasts creation of 35-38 jobs in the hotel and restaurant, plus 50-62 jobs for adjacent retail and offices.
Mark Hofman, Community Development Director
City of Snoqualmie
*About Hilton – Excerpted from the Hilton Worldwide website.
Hilton is one of the largest and fastest growing hospitality companies in the world, with more than 4,900 properties comprising over 800,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. In the nearly 100 years since [its] founding, [it has] defined the hospitality industry and established a portfolio of 14 world-class brands. (See www.hiltonworldwide.com/about/.)