Earlier this week, Mr. Burbick offered the members of City Council and the City staff a chance to tour the old hotel and get a first hand look at the transformation that is underway inside and outside of the building. It was great to see what’s been done so far and exciting to see what’s coming.
The old hotel is such a prominent building on the downtown Kent landscape that its restoration has come to symbolize all that is good in Kent’s rediscovery of it’s downtown.
The old hotel building had seen better days but rather than give up on it, the City partnered with local redeveloper extraordinaire Ron Burbick to restore and re-purpose the building for the next 50 years. A few face-lifts and tummy tucks later, the building is starting to look great again.
It looks like the early tenants include Buffalo Wild Wings on the ground floor and mezzanine/2nd level, offices on the third floor and apartments on the 4th and 5th floors. The basement is targeted for retail, possibly a bike shop.
Here’s a little before and after photo gallery that shows just how far this project has come in the last 9 months.