The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is building the first four-diamond property on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. After weeks of weather delays, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s broke ground on its resort and casino expansion at 7 Cedars Casino on February 28.
The first of a three-phase expansion will add 100 hotel rooms. Design will interweave new technology with Tribal cultural motifs.
Ron Allen, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Council Chairman, said the final product “will reflect who we are, reflect the beauty and pristine [nature] of the Olympic Peninsula,” reported the Peninsula Daily News.
The Tribe originally intended to begin the project back in 2008, but Tribal officials opted to delay in light of the national financial downturn. The Tribe is financing the $40 million project at 7 Cedars Casino with a combination of cash and debt, the Peninsula Daily News reported in summer 2018, when the Tribe announced its plans to move forward with its long-planned hotel and resort.
The hotel is merely Phase 1 of a three-part project. The hotel’s ground floor will house conference, meeting and banquet spaces, as well as a large lobby, coffee bar and administrative offices. A parking garage and an events center, as well as 200 more rooms and large conference spaces, will be built during second or third phase expansions.
“It’s going to pave the way for economic growth across the peninsula,” said Greg Belding, principal of Rice Fergus Miller Architecture of Bremerton, which designed the resort. “It will make the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe regional leaders in the hospitality industry.”
As Chairman Allen put it: “This is going to reflect a four-star, four-diamond property. We’re referring to this as a gateway to the Olympic Peninsula.”