Plans for downtown hotel call for shorter structure

The penthouse at downtown Walla Walla’s proposed luxury (Penrose) hotel won’t be as high as once thought.

Developers of the Penrose Hotel have reportedly decreased the number of stories at the Spokane Street address to help meet the guidelines of its National Register of Historic Places designation, Walla Walla City Manager Nabiel Shawa said.

Plans for the property in the 1907 building that was once a downtown YMCA at 28 S. Spokane St. have changed over time.

Developer and architect Stephen Day and partners are committed to maintaining the architectural design of the property while transforming it into a four-star destination for overnighters.

Shawa said the decrease from 10 stories to four won’t greatly reduce the number of units. The larger building was expected to house 100 units. Shawa said Thursday he believes the number of units planned is still around 80.

Developers continue to move forward with construction slated for next spring.

“While they haven’t pulled any permits, they’re still digging deep,” Shawa said.


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