Architect’s Rendering Offers First Glimpse Of New Hotel Planned for Des Moines
[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story is from our sister site The Waterland Blog, which covers Des Moines:}
The lodging corridor serving Sea-Tac International Airport, which runs from SeaTac into Tukwila, will soon extend south into Des Moines.
Groundbreaking for the Artemis Hotel – a four-star hotel located at 22606 Pacific Highway S. in Des Moines – is expected sometime between mid-spring and early summer 2011.
Yareton Investment & Management LLC, a Washington real estate developer, is preparing to build “a distinctive boutique hotel” on 1.45 acres in the city’s Pacific Ridge commercial zone, according to its website.
The Artemis Hotel will be on the “highly competitive airport lodging corridor … where high-rated hotel chains are situated,” notes the Yareton website, which includes a first look at an architect’s rendering of the building exterior.
Belay Architecture of Tacoma is designing the “sophisticated eight-story mid-rise” hotel – now in the design-review stage – with 320 guestrooms, two full-service restaurants and a bar lounge, a banquet facility, and an outdoor swimming pool.
One restaurant is expected to serve authentic Chinese (not Chinese-American) cuisine.
The development site is four miles south of the airport and the southern terminus of the Link Light Rail route to Seattle, and just north of Kent-Des Moines Road where a state vehicle emissions testing station was located.
“There never was any doubt in my mind that this project would come to fruition,” Mayor Bob Sheckler told The Waterland Blog on Dec. 29.
“This is just one indicator that the city of Des Moines is on its way to economic recovery, and that our ties with foreign investors on both sides of the Pacific are beginning to pay dividends for those investors and our community alike.”
Sheckler played a pivotal role in bringing the Artemis Hotel – once planned for Tacoma – to Des Moines during a trip to China in November 2009.
While he went there to build foundations for a sister-city relationship with Changle, China, and an exchange program between Chinese community college students and Highline Community College, he came home with an agreement to build the multi-million-dollar hotel in Des Moines.
“I hope all the naysayers will be there for the groundbreaking,” Sheckler added.
The city’s 2011 budget includes permitting and development fees from the hotel project that spared three jobs from the chopping block.
Council members Dan Sherman and Scott Thomassen opposed including those fees, which will be received later in the year, in the budget and expressed doubts about whether the hotel actually would be built.