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Here’s where a new Hampton Inn is planned for Bellingham

ERCK Hotels has submitted an application to build a five-story, 98-unit Hampton Inn at 1055 W. Bakerview Road near the Bakerview Starbucks in Bellingham.
ERCK Hotels has submitted an application to build a five-story, 98-unit Hampton Inn at 1055 W. Bakerview Road near the Bakerview Starbucks in Bellingham. McClatchy file

It appears a longtime hotel brand that recently left this area will soon be back.

An application was submitted to build a five-story, 98-unit hotel at 1055 W. Bakerview Road, near the Bakerview Starbucks. The project will also have 117 parking stalls and will be accessed off of Bakerview Road, even though it is about 180 feet from that road.

The site plan lists Hampton Inn as the hotel and that it is being developed by ERCK Hotels, which is based in Montana. ERCK Hotels is a property management and development company. Its portfolio includes Hampton, Hilton and Ruby’s hotel brands. It also operates the Bellingham Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel nearby on Northwest Drive.

The public can comment on this project. Comments and requests for information can be sent to Brian Smart, Bellingham city planner, at bsmart@cob.org. Comments are due March 22.

If this project is completed, it would be the fifth hotel built in that Northwest Drive/Bakerview Road area in the past seven years. It is slated to open in the summer of 2020, said Sara Holliday, general manager at the Bellingham Home2 Suites. In an email she said the hotel will be called Hampton Inn by Hilton, Bellingham Airport.

Holliday said the Bellingham Home2 Suites has done exceedingly well, showing growth in 2018.

“Certainly I attribute a good portion of our growth to being the only Hilton property in Bellingham, so I am thrilled at the aspect of opening a second property,” Holliday said in an email.

For years Bellingham had a Hampton Inn near the Bellingham International Airport before that brand was dropped in July 2017. In January the hotel at 3985 Bennett Drive became a Best Western Plus property.

The previous Bellingham Hampton Inn was owned and managed by a different company. After Hilton removed the brand from the previous property, ERCK Hotels took the opportunity to bring a new Hampton to the Bellingham market.

“The Hampton Inn by Hilton is Hilton’s most popular brand, and we know that many guests will be excited to see a new product come back to Bellingham,” Holliday said.

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Dave Gallagher has covered the Whatcom County business community since 1998. Retail, real estate, jobs and port redevelopment are among the topics he covers.
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