Convention center hotel could break ground next year

By on Monday, March 28th, 2022 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

PENDLETON – Pendleton Convention Center Manager Pat Beard says the city is in negotiations with a hotelier to locate a complex at the convention center. City officials have long said that such lodging would attract more conventions and events to the Pendleton Convention Center. Beard thinks it’s close to becoming a reality.

“I would say that after Round-Up 2023, you’re going to see ground breaking,” he said. “We’re just working out all the moving parts not only for the hotelier, but also being good neighbors to Happy Canyon and Round-Up.”

Beard said it’s vital that construction of the facility be timed perfectly.

“Everything is measured before and after Round-Up because it’s such a crucial part of our community,” Beard said. “It has to be timed to not disrupt Round-Up.”

Graphic is a conceptual drawing from 2017. It was created as a proposal, not as a specific plan.