North Bend on the Build: Bartell's Set to Break Ground; Hotel Proposed Near Outlet Mall

It’s not just Snoqualmie on the build these days.  New development is also in North Bend’s future, as Bartell Drugs is set to break ground any day on a new store and a public hearing is on the horizon for a proposed hotel near the outlet mall.

New Bartell Drugs on Bendigo Blvd

Have you noticed the fences around four homes on the corner of Bendigo Blvd and Park Street in North Bend?  Remember last year when Bartell Drugs said they were going to build a new North Bend store?  Well, this corner is where construction is soon set to begin.

According to Gina Estep, Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of North Bend, the city is in the final stages of the project’s engineering review. Bartell’s plans to break ground any day with the removal of the homes currently occupying the land parcel.

Once those engineering plans are approved, the developer will start land clearing and grading, followed by site work and then constructing Bartell Drug’s 59th store.  They plan to be open for the 2013 holiday season.

The North Bend location will be the first all new Bartell’s store to showcase the chain’s recently introduced “next generation” interior concept. It will feature expanded product offerings, bright new displays, décor accents and other improvements designed to enhance the total shopping experience.

Bartell’s was founded in 1890,  is still family owned and operated and is the oldest drugstore chain in the country.
Home on Bendigo Blvd set to be removed, along with others, for the construction of a new Bartell Drugstore.
Home on Bendigo Blvd set to be removed, along with others, for the construction of a new Bartell Drugstore.
New Hotel Two Blocks from New Bartells
As construction begins on North Bend’s new Bartell Drugs, a couple of blocks up on Bendigo Blvd, on the corner of Southfork Ave, a new hotel is in the works.

The City of North Bend will hold a public hearing on April 10, 2013 at 2PM to hear testimony associated with a Shoreline Variance and Critical Area Variance for the proposed New Sky Hotels project slated for land adjacent the North Bend Outlet Mall.

The developer plans to build two multi-story buildings that would accommodate hotels, restaurant and conference center facilities – in two phases.  North Bend Municipal Code allows hotels to be 55 feet tall.

Phase I of the development includes a hotel with a restaurant and/or sweet shop and conference center, meeting room and site improvements like parking landscaping, road frontage improvements, wetland work and utility improvements like a needed storm drainage facility.

Phase II basically duplicates the building plans for phase I, but if phase I satisfies the market demand, the developer may revise the use of the structure planed for phase II from a hotel to a mixed-use building that could include things like office and retail space, residential units.

For more information on the upcoming public hearing regarding the proposed hotel development visit the City of North Bend website.


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