By Kristen Johnson, Multimedia Journalist/ Weekend Anchor - bio | email
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
We're getting the first look at what a $6.5-million investment will do to a downtown icon.
The Sioux City Hotel and Conference Center has seen better days. But, a Florida group is interested in buying it, and remolding it into a downtown destination.
Monday night, Connor Acquisitions unveiled plans to turn the building into a boutique brand-name hotel. Plans include an upscale restaurant, new pool, and lobby. The developer also wants to turn ten of the rooms into suites. He says the look will be anything but cookie-cutter. Mike Patel, National Hospitality Consulting Group, said "Once they step into this hotel, they're going to feel as if they're in a typical New York Manhattan area hotel, that just gives them that vibe that they're there. They didn't have to travel that far out. It's right here in their backyard."
Connor Acquisitions is in the process of purchasing the property. The group hopes to take over and announce the brand name of the hotel during the 1st quarter of next year. The prospective buyers are in talks with DoubleTree, Marriott, and a third unnamed franchise.
They say they are leaning toward DoubleTree because the hotel was originally built as a Hilton property.
Construction is expected to be finished in early 2015.
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