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VANCOUVER, WA-The Port of Vancouver Commission today will authorize three related contracts for analysis of whether its Terminal One property, the Red Lion Inn at the Quay, should be replaced with a “much larger” hotel, a conference center and new offices for the port.

Group McKenzie is being paid up to $44,105 for a site survey and preliminary site design, among other things. Maul Foster Alongi is receiving as much as $25,587 for zoning research, airspace analysis, utilities review and topography maps. Parametrix will get up to $16,737 to determine existing site capacity, downtown parking capacity, and how they relate to the MAX Light-Rail Study and the I-5 Corridor Plan.

If ultimately approved, the development would replace an effort by the City of Vancouver and Arizona developer Jerry Jenkins of Renaissance Resources Group to develop a hotel, conference center and special events pavilion just south of Esther Short Park.

In June, citing escalating construction costs and the decline in travel and tourism since the Sept.11 attacks, Jenkins announced he was pulling the plug on the 6,500-seat sports/special events arena. Suggesting the city may revisit the idea of an events center at a later date, Mayor Royce E. Pollard at that time indicated the city would move ahead with the hotel and convention center on the site.

All three projects may now end up on Terminal One. Regardless of which site they end up on, West Coast Hotels will be involved. The company not only holds the lease to the Inn at the Quay, but it is also has been working with Jenkins should his project come to fruition.

“We have been supportive of Jenkins and still support him in trying to bring the project to fruition (on the other property),” he says. “We have liked Vancouver for a number of years and think it’s got room for growth, but we do have Inn at the Quay to look at and we obviously want the best return on that asset as possible.”

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