4-story hotel project south of Safeway banned

Almost four years have passed since the owner of a large plot on the south block of Safeway on Auburn Way South first leveled several buildings there.

Not to open up a view of charming Mount Rainier, but to make way for a four-story, 90-room, 40,000-square-foot Hilton hotel.

To the eye, not much has happened since.

Because, said Jeff Tate, director of community development for the City of Auburn, the Tru-By-Hilton project, “almost ready for a permit” in 2019, appears to be a lawless.

“According to the architect, the project is practically dead,” Tate said Tuesday. “They have not formally withdrawn their candidacy because it is possible that things will change. But it is reasonably certain that the hotel project will not move forward.

Plans showed the hotel shared parking and access with adjacent owners and businesses, including the Spunky Monkey, with a street frontage to the north, south, and east, and its main entrance from Auburn Way South.

A major issue for the developer, however, was securing the property rights to complete the complex project, which required aggregating different plots with different buildings, removing various structures and property lines, and working with different owners to make the purchases.

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