What’s in store for the former Bulletin property?

  • Construction has begun for the Element hotel at 1526 NW Wall St. in Bend. (Ryan Brennecke/Bulletin photo)

Crews break ground on hotel site

Owner: Sycan B Corp.

General contractor: Baldwin General Contracting Inc., Albany, Oregon

Architect: Chasen B. Garrett Architects, Fort Smith, Arkansas

Details: Work has started on an Element by Westin hotel at 1526 NW Wall St., across from Pioneer Park north of downtown Bend.

Announced more than two years ago, the 116-room, four-story hotel is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2020, said Richard Boyles, president of InnSight Hotel Management Group. The construction value of the project is $10.78 million, according to a building permit issued by the city of Bend.

Multiple concepts have been pitched for the site, which was home of The Bulletin from 1966 to 2000, over the years. An entity associated with Boyles bought the property in 2016 from the city of Bend for $2.1 million with the intent to build a hotel. The city purchased the property from Taylor Brothers LLC in 2005 for $4.78 million.

The hotel plan also calls for shops or restaurants at the corner of Wall Street and Olney Avenue. Boyles said that corner of the property could be built as two smaller buildings, or one 6,000-square-foot building.

“We’re looking for tenants for the space before we move forward with the infrastructure development,” Boyles said. “We’re looking for a tenant who has parking demand counter-cyclical to the hotel. A coffee operator, bakery, smoothie — those are all uses we’re targeting.”

— Kathleen McLaughlin, The Bulletin

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