A crane is in place at the Silver Cloud hotel construction site at Point Ruston.
Contractors also are pouring concrete for the foundation of the 194-room waterfront property and, eventually, a 200-spot underground parking garage.
All through spring and summer, the spot on the Ruston waterfront, near Point Defiance Park, sat inactive.
Six months ago, Jim Korbein, the CEO of Silver Cloud Inns & Hotels Inc., said construction would start in the summer. That season came and went, with no discernible progress on site.
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Since then, Korbein said, the hotel chain has refined its design of the hotel and expects to receive a building permit for vertical work in February or March.
Cost of the hotel is now north of $60 million, up from about $58 million predicted earlier this year.
When completed, the hotel will include an outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub on the fifth floor, as well as 10,000 square feet of meeting space with a 14-foot-high ceiling.
It also will have a view of the waterfront with an outdoor deck and a full-service day spa. Hotel rooms could start at $240 per night
Korbein said he envisions the hotel as a wedding destination. The hotel group has expanded its wedding area, including bride and groom ready rooms, he said.
If the current time line holds, the hotel could open in late winter 2019 or early spring 2020.
“We would rather take our time,” Korbein said. “We have no internal deadline and we want to open ideally in February.”
That would give staff members time to work out the kinks in hotel operations before high summer, the bread and butter time of the industry.
Built on the Ruston side of Point Ruston, the hotel will be the tiny town’s first. The hotel once planned to open in 2017 but the developer and the city have not always seen eye to eye.
Loren Cohen, Point Ruston’s project manager, long has taken issue with Ruston’s attitude on permitting compared to the city of Tacoma’s more permissive style.
Ruston City Councilman Lyle Hardin said the hotel and city have ironed out some recent differences and the project should be able to move ahead.
“Things should’ve happened a lot sooner than it did,” Hardin said. “It’s a great hotel. Nobody on the council is against it.”
MC Construction will manage the project.
Silver Cloud announced it would be part of Point Ruston more than a decade ago, but wanted to wait until more of the development was built out before moving forward on the hotel.
Once built, it will be the second Silver Cloud hotel along the shores of Commencement Bay. The first is at 2371 Ruston Way.