REDMOND, OR -- The city of Redmond is working to attract another hotel developer for the south end of town. Mayor George Endicott says one permit has been pulled and work is underway on two hotels on the east side of Highway 97, just south of Yew Avenue (pictured). He expects those will be a Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn, "There’s a third one – we’re in negotiations now; we do have a letter of intent – over near the fairgrounds. The city owns a piece of property, through this ‘FAA control,’ so we have to go through that process. But, there’s an opportunity to build a hotel there; 150 to 200 rooms."
That third hotel would be built on city-owned property near the Deschutes County Fairgrounds on Airport Way, "We’ve been wanting one all along that’s complimentary to the fairgrounds," says Endicott, "You know, they hold 400 events a year, give or take. I was talking to Dan Despotopulos the other day, and the event center is booked every weekend from now through May." He tells KBND News, "Some of these big shows, where a lot of vendors come in, a lot of them have to bunk up in Bend because there aren’t facilities available. Well, if we add another – let’s see – 500 rooms, with these three hotels all of a sudden, it gives us 50% more capacity than we have right now."