PortDesign workshops for conference center and Gateway Center set for this week

PORT ANGELES — Local residents get the chance this week to help design two major projects that would anchor opposite ends of downtown for years to come.

* A design workshop for a proposed downtown conference center/hotel facility is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at the Clallam Transit headquarters, 830 W. Lauridsen Blvd.

* The final public design workshops for the Gateway Transportation Center project are scheduled from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday in the Port Angeles City Council chambers at City Hall, 321 E. Fifth St.

At both meetings the designers will present architectural drawings, answer questions and solicit feedback from the audience.

Conference center

Ehm Architecture of Seattle and San Diego, Calif., owned by architect Randal Jay Ehm, has proposed a $14 million, 154-room Holiday Inn hotel (an upscale “Select” or “Resort”) with 10,000-square-feet of conference center space inside on a 3.75-acre parcel of waterfront land at Front and Oak streets.

A pier off Oak Street would be remodeled as part of the “Holiday at the Pier” project.

Ehm has described Thursday’s workshop as a “get-to-know-you session” as he develops plans for the proposed facility.

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