Demolition for hotel to begin |

Demolition for hotel to begin

Demolition of downtown Grass Valley buildings is set to start today to make way for the new Holiday Inn Express hotel and conference center.

The project between Bank Street and Colfax Avenue is of great interest to the Wolf Creek Alliance, which one day wants to open and improve the part of the stream that now flows underneath the property.

Owner Nick Hayhurst of Roseville said the $10.5 million project will take about one year to complete and will be called Gold Miners Inn.

“We have to do a lot of environmental work,” Hayhurst said, because of lead-based paint and asbestos floor tiles in the old buildings, which included the GRA-NEVA Appliance Store and the Gold Bowl bowling alley. The sensitive demolition should take about 40 to 60 days and construction of the hotel will immediately follow.

Hayhurst said the 80-room facility on the 2.2 acre plot will also have four retail spaces and a 5,000-square-foot conference center. The complex will include three outdoor plazas -one to be 3,500 square-foot for outdoor functions and events, another an outdoor coffee plaza that will be 1,500 square feet and the other a historical plaza honoring the city’s Chinese heritage.

“It has to be done right,” Hayhurst said, so as to not upset downtown Grass Valley’s historic flavor.

“We took a little bit more time than normal on this one because we had to be sensitive to the neighbors.”

Deputy City Engineer Tim Crough said no major traffic disruptions are expected from the project, and Bank Street is not expected to be closed.

Traffic may go down to one lane when improvements are made to Bank Street, Crough said. Trucks will be routed onto Bank Street and the highway frontage road (recently renamed Tinloy Street) throughout the project to avoid downtown congestion.

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