Work appears to have begun on boutique hotel project in Pioneer Square

12.05.2022 | Daily Journal of Commerce

On a recent visit to the site, workers from general contractor JTM Construction looked to be removing interior debris from the building. When it opens, the hotel, which will be called the Westland, will be the final building in Urban Villages’ RailSpur project to be completed. That development also includes a mixed-use office building at 419 Occidental and a 26-unit apartment-style hotel at 115 S. Jackson St.

Miller Hull is the architect for the King Street hotel. Final designs were approved by the Pioneer Square Preservation Board this fall.

In addition to 120 rooms, the new hotel will have around 5,400 square feet of space for eating and drinking. This includes a ground-level restaurant with 695 square feet of enclosed outdoor seating, a coffee counter, and a gelato shop. There will also be a new rooftop bar with a wrap-around garden located in a one-story 5,000 square foot addition to be built at the top of the original six-story building. The addition will also house one hotel guestroom suite and a hospitality suite.

 

New rooftop features include a green roof, mechanical equipment, solar collectors, and elevator/stair overrun. Additional hotel amenities include a fitness center and communal gathering spaces.

A centerpiece of the hotel will be its 2,018-square-foot lobby which is set to include the largest living wall in the city. The wall will be six stories tall and will bring nature into the building’s interior for guests to enjoy.

The historic Westland Building, which dates back to 1907, was last used as offices. The conversion project was initially slated to break ground this fall and be completed in early 2024. Urban Villages has not released an updated project timeline. The project team includes Urban Villages, developer and owner; Aparium Hotel Group, hotel operator; Curioso, interior design; PAE, mechanical engineer and energy consultant; and Coughlin Porter Lundeen, structural engineer.

The first building in the RailSpur development, 419 Occidental, opened last fall. The hotel at 115 S. Jackson St. was completed earlier this year but does not yet appear to be open. A trio of businesses, a beerdega, coffee shop and bike club, opened in that building in November. A tacqueria is also planned for that project. No word yet on what type of restaurant is planned for King Street.