Waterfront hotel project in Corvallis moving forward

      CORVALLIS, Ore. - An effort to bring an upscale hotel to Corvallis is moving forward.

      Site work began last week on the 0.71 acre plot along the Corvallis riverfront.

      The site was owned by the Historical Society which hopes to finance a neighboring museum with the proceeds from the land sale, says Tom Nelson, who works for the city.

      Surveys are currently taking place to document remains of structures from the 19th century on the parcel.

      The State Historic Preservation Office must sign off on the project before further work can be done.

      Actual construction is expected to begin during the summer of 2014.

      Planners hope the hotel will be operational in early 2016.

      The project was initially proposed in 2011, but was delayed because of financing.

      Several local investors are now signed up including Springfield hotel developer Richard Boyles. The hotel will feature 130 rooms, a large terrace over the Willamette River, and 4,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor facing First Street.

      Three national hotel companies are being considered; design decisions will be finalized after the lodging's affiliation is determined.

      Local business owners say the hotel is welcome, since the downtown area largely lacks lodging options.