City of Burien receives three proposals from developers for new hotel

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Three hotel developers this week submitted proposals to the City of Burien construct a hotel on city-owned land downtown.

The 1.3-acre proposed undeveloped property is located on SW 150th Street between 1st and 4th Ave SW (behind Chase Bank near Big Lots – see map below). The city says this site is seven minutes from the arrivals and departures gates at Sea-Tac Airport, and offers great accessibility between the airport and the Seattle region while also offering hotel guests the convenience of a walkable downtown full of quality restaurants and bakeries.

“An advisory committee made up of experts in finance, hotel development, hotel operations, and large events planning helped create the request for proposals (RFP),” the city said. “The committee will help score the responses from developers and will recommend a developer to Burien City Council by December.”

The deadline for submission of proposals for the Burien Hotel RFP was Nov. 5, 2018.

“The City is currently evaluating the development proposals received and City Council will make a decision by the end of 2018.”

Here’s more from the City of Burien:

Request for Proposals Process
An advisory committee made up of experts in finance, hotel development, hotel operations, and large events planning will assist in creating and scoring the RFP responses from developers. The panel is responsible for drafting the RFP, evaluating the proposals and they will recommend a developer to Burien City Council.

Members of the Burien Hotel RFP Advisory Committee:

  • Nancy Scholl: Vice Chair-Burien Business and Economic Development Partnership, CFO at Wright Hotels & Burien Resident
  • Hugo Garcia: Burien Planning Commissioner, Special Assets & Business Outreach Specialist at Craft3 & Burien Resident
  • Mike Yellam: Development Manager at Fana Group of Companies & Burien Resident
  • Robyn Desimone: Member, Burien Business and Economic Development Partnership, Burien Business Owner – Iris & Peony


  • √June–July: Advisory Committee develops RFP.
  • √August: Finalize RFP and present to City Council.
  • √September: Publish RFP.
  • √November 5: RFP responses are due, Advisory Committee and City Council to evaluate responses.
  • December: Developer selected by Council.

Project Background
In 2016, the City contracted with CBRE, Inc to provide a lodging needs assessment for the City of Burien. The assessment concluded that there is an unmet local need in the Burien market for a hotel and lodging facility in the City. More specifically, the assessment of Burien’s lodging needs concluded that:

Based on discussions with the local economic drivers within the city limits, we have determined that lodging demand does currently exist in Burien and is being accommodated in nearby markets like SeaTac and Des Moines.
While Burien is not established as a hotel market, the continued growth of the Puget Sound and Sea-Tac Airport, specifically, would help to facilitate additional demand to support a lodging facility.

Local economic drivers like the Highline Medical Center and Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission would benefit from the presence of a hotel in downtown Burien, given the area’s proximity and ease in accessibility.

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