Well, it has been a good run for the Azteca Restaurant that was located on 148th and 520 in Redmond. I lived across the street from this restaurant for 20 years but it’s time has come. It is now torn down and the site is now ready for a beautiful new multi-family building, Redmond 148, that will be up and running in about 18 months. The photos show the demolished restaurant and a rendering of the new apartment building.
It was interesting to visit two of our hotel projects in one day yesterday and see the spectrum of beginning to end of both projects.
One of the highlights of my career was working with Robert A. M. Stern, one of the top US architects. I had admired his work for many years and so it was with great pleasure when our firm was selected to collaborate with RAMSA (as his firm is called) on a monster project called the Resort at the Meadowlands, located in New Jersey, directly across the Hudson River from New York City.
As we see renderings become reality, I am always in awe of our profession. As you can see by the rendering, the beautiful new Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Bellevue is turning from a rendering to an actual building. And, this is not your father’s Hilton Garden Inn. This will be in the heart of Bellevue and will become a destination for not only the newest hotel in Bellevue but a gathering spot after work on the weekends at the new lounge and restaurant. It is scheduled to open right after the first of next year and we look forward to seeing this to completion.
A few weeks ago I attended my daughter Emma’s volleyball tournament on the campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. While in town, I was able to go by and see our design of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel now under construction. The project is being developed and constructed by AACDI out of Spokane, WA and will consist of 176 guest rooms with 2 levels of above grade parking, meeting rooms and a great restaurant and lounge. All totaled, the hotel will be seven stories tall, quite a project for a quaint college town.