New hotel in the works for Walla Walla

Along with a Marriott being built, the new La Quinta will greatly increase Walla Walla’s room inventory.

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WALLA WALLA — A new inn is in the works for Walla Walla.

The new development, a La Quinta Inn, is planned at the southwest corner of Myra Road and Heritage Road. According to documents filed with the Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency, it will be a four-story hotel with 77 rooms and a total floor area of 40,140 square feet.

According to Lauren Prentice, development agency senior planner, because the building would be in the city’s Highway Commercial zoning district, its plans will be subject to administrative review only and will not go before the city Planning Commission.

An environmental Determination of Non-Significance has been issued for the hotel and additional comments on the DNS are being accepted by the development agency until Aug. 8.

Because two towers on the building will exceed the maximum 50-foot height allowed by the zoning, the developers have applied for a conditional use permit. That application will probably go before the city hearing examiner sometime in August, Prentice said.

The hotel will employ about 12 people, according to documents filed with the development agency.

It was unclear as of this morning what will happen with the current La Quinta Inn on Second Avenue in Walla Walla. Attempts to reach company officials for comment this morning were unsuccessful.

The hotel, along with the new 120-room Courtyard by Marriott being built on Rose Street, will significantly increase the number of hotel rooms in the city.

According to Ron Peck, executive director of Tourism Walla Walla, there are an estimated 875 hotel rooms in Walla Walla as of 2010. The two new hotels will increase that total by about 22 percent.

According to a 2013 survey by Tourism Walla Walla, 55 percent of the visitors coming to Walla Walla stay at hotels or motels, while 25 percent stay at a bed-and-breakfast or guest house. Of the remainder, 15 percent of those surveyed said they stayed with family or friends, 3 percent stayed at a campground or RV park and 2 percent stayed at some other accommodation.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

Comments

jkruchert 2 months ago

They should build a indoor water park in one of these hotels for the community to also use with of course a day use fee. These are becoming quite popular and would be a great thing for Walla Walla since we have no other option in this great little town except for going out of town. :)

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cougfan2759 2 months ago

Really ... why should a hotel put in a waterpark? Why can't their be a "public" option for Walla Walla.

I know you were suggesting this in jest, but I am so frustrated that we cannot seem to find a way to build and/or operate a public pool.

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sneakerhead 2 months ago

Because everytime the issue of building a pool or new school comes up... They want to build the TAJ MAHAL.... it is quite the turn off for people in this town. Something simple in the Walla Walla area is strictly out of the question...

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GeneandCassie 2 months ago

'Build it and they will come.....'

Perhaps a 'private-public partnership' is the answer to getting the pool/waterpark......

I'd personally prefer the Aviary......

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