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Oxford Suites plans to break ground in early 2005

It is very likely that next year we will see the construction of the anticipated Oxford Suites.

The Baney Corp. of Bend, Ore. has plans to break ground around the first part of next year, according to company president Curt Baney.

“Land use permits took a little more time than expected, but we are more enthused than ever,” he said.

The Baney Corp. has been waiting on permits to go through and recently received its shoreline variance permit.

The 57,000 square-foot hotel will be located on a vacant 1.2-acre lot on Bayshore Drive next to Spiro’s Pizza and Pasta. The four-story hotel will have 104 suites, a breakfast area, swimming pool, exercise room and lounge.

“The market is really strong in Silverdale and it’s a great waterfront location,” Baney said.

He said Oxford Suites and Red Lion Hotel Silverdale will complement each other and said that many times staff of Red Lion Hotel Silverdale has commented on needing more rooms.

The need for rooms will be greater if — and when — the county completes its plans to acquire the Poplars Motel for conversion to senior housing.

The Baney Corp. has its own contractor for construction of the hotel, but will use all local subcontractors, about 80 to 90 local workers. The Baney Corp. has about 18 Oxford Suites throughout Washington, Oregon and California, which are either open or under construction. The newest Oxford Suites to be constructed is a 135-suite hotel in Boise, Idaho. There are plans to build additional Oxford Suites in the Seattle, Bellevue and Olympia areas.

The Baney Corp. has been in the hospitality business since 1955 and opened the first two Oxford Suites in 1989.

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