PRESS RELEASE: April 26, 2017
Lower Elwha Tribe Negotiates Downtown Land Purchase
PORT ANGELES, WA.
The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and the City of Port Angeles have started negotiations for an agreement by which the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe will purchase from the City the property located at 111 E Front Street. The Tribe anticipates building on the property a multi-story four-star hotel with an indoor restaurant, an outdoor restaurant, meeting spaces, and a bar.
The City declared the property as surplus in 2008 and authorized its sale. Earlier this year, the City requested proposals from interested parties. The City evaluated two proposals and selected the Tribe’s. If the negotiations are successful, both parties anticipate the sale closing by mid-summer. The Tribe anticipates it will complete architectural plans and begin construction before the end of the year on a four story hotel that will include 86 guest rooms, a 112-seat indoor restaurant, a 64-seat outdoor restaurant, a 64-seat bar, and office and meeting spaces. An initial concept drawing shows the hotel oriented to face Railroad Avenue to take advantage of the water views to the North.
This hotel project is a part of an exciting revitalization of downtown Port Angeles that also includes the new performing arts center, the Lincoln Theater remodel, and the new west end park. The Tribe is committed to working with the existing tenants located on the property. Both the City and the Tribe anticipate successful negotiations and expect the hotel project to be a significant step towards creating a better Port Angeles downtown. Chairwoman Frances Charles noted: “The Tribe decided, about a year ago, to invest in downtown. We are excited with the opportunity to invest in Port Angeles and work with the City and downtown business partners contributing to the revitalization effort.”
For more information on the Tribe’s hotel project, contact Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Chief Executive Officer, Michael Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org or office phone 360.452.8471. As the parties are still in negotiations, they cannot discuss the details of the sale at this time.