Category Archives: Hotels & Motels

Open house set for Point Casino hotel project

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The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe recently announced plans for a 94-room hotel adjacent to The Point Casino. The hotel is expected to open in late 2016.

For anyone interested in learning more about the project, the tribe will be hosting an open house from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 20 at The Point’s events center.

Hotel2_21005118_ver1.0_900_675According to an announcement from the tribe, the presentation will include information on the construction timeline and hotel amenities.

Planners will be available to answer questions, and site plans and renderings will be on display.

The event is free and open to the public.

While it won’t be ready in time for the open house, the tribe plans to construct a full-sized mockup of one of the rooms in the future hotel.

The model room will be displayed on the casino floor. It should be ready for viewing by the end of the year, according to the release.

A page with information on the hotel project has been added to The Point website.

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Ribbon cutting set for Clearwater Casino hotel

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Casino1_13289723_ver1.0_640_480A ribbon cutting ceremony for the Suquamish Tribe’s new Clearwater Casino Resort hotel tower is set for 3 p.m. May 18.

The 98-room hotel was part of the second phase expansion at the Clearwater.

The new addition includes The Clearwater, a fine dining restaurant that opened May 6. The new Beach Glass Cafe and Beach Bru Coffee shop opened Tuesday.

A large conference room was also built into the hotel addition.

The Monday ribbon cutting event will include speakers, tours and a reception.

You can read our February story on the Clearwater hotel expansion here.

Strong first quarter for jobs in Kitsap

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Kitsap County is enjoying its highest job levels since 2008.

An average of 86,500 people worked for employers within the county in the first quarter of 2015, a 3 percent improvement from the same period of 2014.

Employment was up about 2 percent from last year among private companies in Kitsap and 4 percent among government agencies, according to data from the state Employment Security Department.

On the private side, some of the largest gains came from the areas of retail trade and leisure/hospitality.

The growth in government jobs was largely from federal employment, which increased from about 16,400 in the first quarter of 2014 to 17,400 in the first quarter of 2015.

Here’s a graphical look at jobs trends in Kitsap:

 

Employment/labor force

General employment among Kitsap County residents showed slight improvement in the first quarter.

An average of 108,373 county residents were employed during the first three months of the year, an increase of about 540 from the same period of 2014.

The labor force — the total number of people working or seeking work — was also up slightly in the first quarter, despite a dropoff in March.

Kitsap County finished March with a 5.7 percent unemployment rate, reflecting a modest gain in employment and the dip in the labor force.

Here’s a graphical look at employment and labor force trends in Kitsap:

Motel 6 will leave the light on for Bremerton

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Bremerton’s old Dunes Motel will reopen this fall as West Sound’s first Motel 6.

A Motel 6 spokesperson said to expect a grand opening in October.

The Dunes Motel had fallen into foreclosure, eventually closing in late 2013, at a time when other Bremerton hotels were experiencing an upswing.

DVR Investment, LLC., of Tuckwila bought the 11th Street property from Whidbey Island Bank for $780,000 in October 2013, according to county documents. The building underwent an overhaul this year.

The 64-room Dunes, built in 1978, was one of several motels providing budget rooms along the Kitsap Way corridor.

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