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Resort & Spa Boutique Hotel Could Make Its Way To Richland

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For years it has been an empty lot near some prime real estate in Richland, but now it is about to become a one of a kind addition to the Tri-Cities. For years it has been an empty lot near some prime real estate in Richland, but now it is about to become a one of a kind addition to the Tri-Cities.
UPDATE/RICHLAND, WA - The Richland City Council has approved a proposal to allow Escape Lodging to enter into a lease agreement with the city for an empty lot at Columbia Point. 

The developers want to build a resort and spa boutique hotel called the Lodge at Columbia Point

The developers would like to open the hotel in the spring of 2016.


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RICHLAND, WA - For years it has been an empty lot near some prime real estate in Richland, but now it is about to become a one of a kind addition to the Tri-Cities.


“It's really the first resort or boutique style hotel in the Tri-Cities and so we're really excited that we'll be able to offer that here in Richland," said Brian Moore, who works in the City of Richland as the Redevelopment Project Supervisor.

It is called The Lodge at Columbia Point. The contractors say it is one of their most exciting business ventures.  A grand fireplace dining area, a wonderful waterfront view and many other attractive features will form the four-story building. Developers are nicknaming it Richland's living room. The empty lot in between Anthony's restaurant and the existing Marriot hotel may not be empty for long.

"I'm really excited about it and we're looking forward to bringing something special to the Tri-Cities and having fun doing it," explained Tom Drumheller from Escape Lodging.

The lot is currently owned by the city. At Tuesday's city council meeting the decision will be made whether to allow Escape Lodging to enter a lease agreement with Richland.

"Until we get that done, the bank will say, well you don't really have the project and so that's critical for us to say no we do have it...finally," said Drumheller.

Once the city gives the ok, which has been recommended by multiple city commissions and boards, the funding will hopefully be in place and construction could begin as early as the end of 2014. It is just one more piece of the developing puzzle that is building the future of Richland's waterfront.

"In the summer time if you go down, anytime you see the parks are packed, there's people walking on the trail and we really want to capitalize on that. We think it's a great opportunity for Richland and it's a wonderful place to be," said Moore.

The proposed lease is likely to go though at the city council meeting Tuesday night unless if an issue is brought up. The contractors are expecting if everything goes according to plan, they would like to open the hotel in the spring of 2016.