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New hotel planned near Lewiston movie theaters

August 13, 2014

By Elaine Williams, Lewiston Tribune, Idaho



Aug. 13--A three-story Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites is expected to take shape soon in Lewiston, just across the street from Village Centre Cinemas.

The city of Lewiston is reviewing a building permit for the 120,000-square-foot hotel that would be located at 2701 Nez Perce Drive, said John Smith, the city's building official.

The $5.1 million, 81-room hotel would have an indoor swimming pool, fitness area, breakfast bar, but no restaurant or conference rooms, Smith said.

The vacant land on the proposed site is owned by the Joe and Frances McCann Family Limited Partnership, according to the Nez Perce County Assessor's Office.

A group of investors is acquiring the lot and has hired Kenaston Corp., as the general contractor, said Dave Stapleton, managing partner of Allpro Inc., in Richland, and its affiliated companies, including LHI LLC., which will own the Lewiston hotel.

The hotel is expected to open in the summer of 2015, Stapleton said.

Allpro Inc. was founded in the 1960s doing residential development and expanded into hotels in the 1970s, Stapleton said.

Its affiliated companies now own six hotels. One of them is the Holiday Inn Express at Hayden, which is attached to the Triple Play Family Fun Park, Stapleton said.

In addition, Stapleton and his partners run a Holiday Inn and a Holiday Inn Express in Yakima, as well as Holiday Inn expresses in Sandpoint, Richland and Ellensburg.

The partners chose Lewiston for a variety of reasons.

"We evaluated all the cities within a four-hour (radius)," Stapleton said. "Lewiston came up as a very positive market."

Occupancy rates, room rates and the number of jobs being added at employers such as Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories were factors in the decision.

"We know exactly where (SEL) is at and we're going to be the closest hotel to it," Stapleton said.

They selected the Fairfield Inn instead of Holiday Inn Express as the brand in part because the community already has one just a few blocks away, Stapleton said.

The other advantage is it would be the only hotel in the Marriott family in Lewiston, something that will draw travelers who want to accumulate points in Marriott's rewards programs, Stapleton said.

The hotel is the latest in a string of projects that appear to put Lewiston on target to beat a record it set last year, when the city issued $61 million in construction permits, Smith said.

Winco at Lewiston Center Mall and the apartments just off 17th Street are among the other big-ticket developments, Smith said.

Williams may be contacted at ewilliam@lmtribune.com or (208) 848-2261.

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