Port Angeles: Advisory committee gives nod to Oak Street conference center

PORT ANGELES — A city advisory group that has been studying two proposals for a conference center in downtown Port Angeles made its recommendation Monday morning.

“The Ehm Oak Street proposal best meets the needs and intent of a conference center in our community,” said City Councilman Orville Campbell.

Campbell chaired the Conference Center Proposal Review Committee, a subcommittee of the city Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.

Ehm Architecture of Seattle, owned by architect Randal Jay Ehm, has proposed building a $14 million, 154-room hotel with 10,000-square-foot of conference center space inside on a 3.75-acre parcel of land managed by the city and owned by the Port of Port Angeles and the state Department of Natural Resources at the northwest corner of Front and Oak streets.

The committee said Ehm’s proposal — “Holiday at the Pier” (the facility would be a Holiday Inn “Select” or “Resort” hotel, and an existing pier off Oak Street would be remodeled) — was superior to a $3.13 million remodeling and redevelopment of The Landing mall proposed by Ravenhurst Development Inc. of Seattle, owned by Darrell Vange.

The committee’s recommendation went to the City Council and to the full Lodging Tax Advisory Committee and Downtown Forward advisory group.

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