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Seattle's Tallest Hotel Wins Ruling, Can Begin Construction

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R.C. Hedreen has won the right to begin building their 8th & Howell project after a ruling this week by Seattle's hearing examiner on an appeal filed by Unite Here Local 8. The two sides had been going back and forth seemingly since the massive mixed-use hotel project was announced. The latest squabble was over whether or not the city was planning to give Hedreen the go-ahead despite not providing affordable housing for workers or contributing enough to the city's low-income housing fund. Originally, the hotel included 152 affordable housing units but those were nixed along the way. If completed, the 1,264-room hotel will be Seattle's biggest, checking in at 45 stories tall. Along with the hotel rooms, the complex will also include 114,000 sq. ft. of meeting and ballroom space, ground-level retail and restaurants and five levels of below-grade parking with approximately 450 stalls and employee support facilities. If the project breaks ground this month as expected, it could open by early 2018.
· Construction of Pacific Northwest's largest hotel can begin: city ruling [ST]
· Development Watch [CS]
· Here's How Seattle's Tallest Hotel Will Fit Into The Skyline [CS]