US: Plans have been filed to redevelop a historic building in downtown Atlanta into a 160-key hotel.
Projected to open in late 2020, the 12-storey building will be developed by Ross Hotel Partners and Kim King Associates.
Leading the design is Atlanta-based architect firm, Cooper Carry, who will restore the 92,000-square-foot property saving as much of the original features as possible.
The proposal states that 2,000-square-feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space will be included in the renovation.
The building – a former medical arts facility – was originally designed in 1927 by architect G. Lloyd Preacher, however has been vacant since a four-alarm fire in 1995. It sits on the corner of Peachtree Street and Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard.
“We think this is a huge opportunity to take a beautiful old building and turn it into a hotel,” said Francis J. Ross of Ross Hotel Partners. “It’s one of the most highly visible buildings on I-75, kind of a gateway to our city. We’re going to refinish it and bring it back to its former glory.”