The hotel planned for the old Enquirer building Downtown will actually be two – an extended-stay Homewood Suites and a limited-service Hampton Inn – developer SREE Hotels has announced.
The Homewood will have 105 suites, all with full kitchens, and the Hampton Inn & Suites will have 144 rooms, according to Parag Patel, SREE’s chief financial officer.
The project is in the design phase now, and Patel expects general contractor JDL Warm Construction to apply for building permits in January. The hotels will open in March 2014, he said.
The 14-story building at 617 Vine St. was built in 1926 for The Enquirer, which moved to Elm Street in 1992. Condos were proposed there several years ago, but the plan fell through when the economy faltered.
The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, and Patel said some historic features will be preserved.