McClure students break ground on a new hotel near Yakima Air Terminal
YAKIMA, Wash. - McClure Elementary School students grabbed some golden shovels and broke ground on Yakima's newest hotel, that's right across the street from where they learn.
About 20 fourth and fifth graders and one second grader were selected by their teachers to represent the school and hop on a bulldozer to help at the site.
McClure Elementary Principal Deb Lavis said she and her students were honored to be guests at the groundbreaking.
“The opportunity to just be a part of this is really exciting,” she said. “We're going to watch it every day, every recess I'm sure."
Hogback Developer Chris Waddle said he invited student from McClure as a way to engage the community.
“Our reason for having the students come over and do the groundbreaking is that we like to think of our projects as community building and engaging the community and our youth is where that all starts," he said.
As a thank you, Waddle presented the school with a check for a new playground.
“It's very humbling, raising money is a difficult thing to do and our playground has been long overlooked," Lavis said. "This is an exciting opportunity to start rebuilding it so we’re just very appreciative."
Home2 Suites by Hilton will be a four-story hotel but it is different from others in the Yakima area because it is one of the few hotels that will be located west of downtown and Union Gap at 2420 West Nob Hill Blvd.
“There has not been a hotel built west of downtown or Union Gap in the last decade, so we think it serves to fill a void out here,” Waddle said.
Waddle said there is a need for a hotel farther west and said the hotel's location is less than a mile from Yakima Air Terminal, Yakima Valley Community College, SOZO Sports Complex and Virginia Memorial Hospital.
He said the hotel is designed for families and sports teams that travel to the area and will cost around $13 million.
Waddle said the hotel is scheduled to open in spring 2019 and rooms will go for an average of $150 per night.
Additional information on this new hotel design may be found here.