Although construction of the long-awaited hotel and convention complex in downtown Grass Valley has been delayed, it is expected to begin within a few months, said Joe Heckel, Grass Valley’s director of community development.

Hallmark Development has applied for a demolition permit, but it needs to dispose of lead and asbestos on the property before the former Gra-Neva appliance store is removed, Heckel said. Then, the company will need to receive permits for the 80-room Holiday Inn Express and the proposed 3,400 square feet of conference space and 5,755 square feet of retail space.

The project will also have an outdoor plaza.

Richardson Street project continues

Beginning Monday, workers on the Richardson Street project will begin laying brick crosswalks on the south side of East Main Street.

Bennett Street will remain closed between the highway and East Main Street. The intersection of Washington and Richardson streets will also remain closed. The Grass Valley parking lot, Donley Motors, the post office, and the Shell station will remain open.

No left turns will be allowed onto East Main Street or into the post office. Work will continue throughout the week, said Phil Sabatino, a Grass Valley public works official.

-The Union staff

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