On May 15, 2019, Chun Lai Hospitality CFO Jim Gilbert said Snoqualmie residents should expect to see construction start up again on the Spring Plaza retail building that sits adjacent to the new Hampton Inn.
Construction came to an abrupt halt in mid January when Gilbert said the company became aware the general contractor was not paying subcontractors. He said Chun Lai Hospitality was, though, making all required payments to the general contractor.
According to Gilbert, the general contractor has since filed for bankruptcy. He said they spent the past few month reconciling issues with subcontractors and business loans for the project caused by the contractor’s financial issues – and will also be pursuing legal avenues.
A new project manager is being hired to finish up the Spring Plaza project, which should be complete soon. Gilbert expects construction to begin again in about two weeks. He said before work came to a stop, the project was about 80% complete so he anticipates construction finishing in about two months. At that point other contractors will come in and begin tenant improvements on the office and retail spaces.
One of the building’s retail spots will be home to a new coffee company called America’s Best Coffee, run by the daughter of the owner of the Hampton Inn and Spring Plaza. She also owns four other coffee shops called Honor Coffee in Bellevue, Seattle and Federal Way. The new coffee shop is expected to have food options and will also do coffee roasting on site.
According to Gilbert, the other retail spot is still to be determined, but they have been meeting with interested parties. The upstairs office space will be occupied by Chun Lai Hospitality. The owner, Mr. Hou, also owns Mountain Meadows Farm in North Bend. He started multiple businesses after moving to the area from China in 2012, including a technical college in Bellevue. In addition to the Hampton Inn, Chun Lai Hospitality is also building new hotels around the state under their own brand – Hotel America.