Just weeks after Todd Zapolski announced plans to bring a seven-story hotel to First Street, recent efforts to build another upscale hotel in downtown have surfaced.
A Florida developer spent six months trying to consolidate ownership of an entire city block in hopes of creating a “four-plus” star hotel decorated with hundreds of thousands of dollars in fine art.
The block, totaling 1.87 acres, is bordered by Seminary, Polk, Franklin and Clay streets, in a mixed commercial-residential area just north of the Clay Street garage. It’s currently home to a WestAmerica bank branch, Mini Mango restaurant, MIV Insurance Services and two residences.
Florida-based hotel developer Richard Kessler said he spent six months over the past year studying the block. His company is known for developing “very high-end four- and four-and-half-star hotels,” Kessler said in a phone interview Wednesday.
Read the story by the Register’s Jennifer Huffman.