Elwha Tribe planning 4 story hotel on downtown waterfront


PRESS RELEASE:  April 26, 2017
Lower Elwha Tribe Negotiates Downtown Land Purchase

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 michael.peters@elwha.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.


  1. Anon

    Interesting. I wonder if any studies were done to determine if another hotel downtown will be more successful than the existing. If I remember correctly, the existing hotels and motels struggle to get 50% occupancy, and much money is spent to improve the “heads on beds” patronage, as it is now.

  2. Greg

    If things get to the design stage, I hope the tribe will consider liquifaction of soil during an earthquake and building a vertical evacuation design in case of tsunami.

    1. no one

      What? You suggest full-scale comprehensive planning in PA? Just look at this publication – do you see any real planning by this city on ANY project?

  3. Steve B

    This should do a number on (downtown restaurants). I wonder how long they will be able to compete with a 220 seat restaurant/bar.

    1. Anony

      We see The Landing is swarming with people all day long!

      I just wonder why demographic studies that analyze potential demand, market saturation, etc, don’t ever seem to be done in this area. Was this ever done for the multi-million dollar Gateway project, or for the multi-million dollar artificial beaches before they built them?

      In those projects, it was just a way to funnel tax payer money to the favored few. This isn’t a tax payer funded project, is it?

  4. 7 generation observer

    I applaud the Elwha Tribe for proposing this project, and look forward to learning details of the purchase terms. The site has posed a liability to the city for many reasons — among them the rumored environmental clean-up costs due to petroleum waste-products underneath the former garage. Then there’s the thorny issue of how the public could fund the $1,000,000 balloon payment that the city still owes to former owner Niichel.

    1. anonymous

      Anyone know why the City bought the property, known as a Super Fund clean up candidate, in the first place? And, for $1 million?

      1. Another Observer

        Ask former Mayor & Councilwoman Karen Rogers. Many deals related to what ultimately became the Gateway Transit Center reflect — at best — very bad judgment by city officials.
        As with so many things in Clallam, following the money and the behind-the-scenes connections could reveal a lot.

        1. Yet Another

          Karen Rogers (and fellow self-dealing cronies) is the reason for much of the inertial, corruption, and backwardness that we still experience in this town (including that sterile boondoggle the Gateway Transit Center).
          If you’re ever tempted to think that our recent City Council was horrible, just look back a few years to the bad old days of the good old boys (and gal) of yesteryear.

  5. jp

    Who cares if other businesses struggle, its called capitalism. Let them fail

    Editor’s Note: Then how do you square the EDC spending half a million tax dollars per year to support member-businesses in the area?

  6. Rita Canada

    Any thoughts on a Casino down town!? Would be a great infestment and also help with all clean up costs! I can see it now….the shining lights of gold dust….everywhere! Money money and more money! All the businesses booming to the tunes of the slots!

    1. Anonymous

      How many casinos can a county of 70,000 people keep in business?

    2. Yet Another

      No. Please, no.

  7. Disgusted

    Right. This town’s motto should be those three monkeys with their hands over their eyes, ears and mouths. But instead of not seeing, hearing or speaking of “evil”, this place just ignores reality, and keeps proposing unrealistic projects such as this.

    Consider this analysis done only 9 months ago, which ranks Port Angeles at #7 among the worst cities to live in, in Washington State! This was viewed by over 400,000 people.


    But the powers-that-be in Port Angeles are falling all over themselves thinking this hotel complex is going to transform the town. Right.

    With views of oil tankers in the harbor, and the soon to be spewing cardboard stench former Nippon Mill dominating the views to the West, and research proclaiming it to be among the worst places to live in the State, how could it fail?

  8. Anon

    I like the idea of a new hotel in the downtown area, but why not buy the Red Lion, tear it down and rebuild on that site?


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