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Hyatt Place Hotel Coming to Downtown Knoxville
Knoxville's Historic Farragut Hotel to Become Hyatt Place Hotel
By: Dover Development Corporation
Dover celebrated the Hyatt Place brand unveiling with a ceremony attended by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr., as well as Hyatt's Director of Real Estate and Development Ryan McNamara and Senior Vice President of Operation Dave Montrose from White Lodging, which Dover Development has chosen to operate the hotel.
"The Farragut was a grand hotel when it opened in the 1920's," said Dover. "We are building off the hotel's legacy by introducing Knoxville to Hyatt's award-winning select-service brand."
"I am very happy that the Farragut Hotel will again serve downtown Knoxville as a distinctive, distinguished Hyatt Place hotel," said Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. "Thanks to Rick Dover and the Hyatt Place team for restoring this historic jewel in the heart of our vibrant city center."
The Hyatt Place project gained significant support from the City and County, in the form of 2-year PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) and guaranteed parking in the State Street Garage. With the City's assistance, it also secured some $2.9 million in a low-cost loan from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
"The economic development in downtown Knoxville has been phenomenal over the last 15 years," said Congressman John H. Duncan, Jr. "I am pleased that the Hyatt Place hotel will continue this trend. I would also like to thank the Department of Housing and Urban Development."
Expected to open in early 2017, the Hyatt Place hotel will bring the brand's intuitive design, casual atmosphere, and practical amenities to downtown Knoxville.
"We are pleased to continue building upon a strong relationship with Dover Development Corporation and White Lodging," said Ryan McNamara, director of real estate and development for Hyatt. "This hotel is a significant example of Hyatt's deep focus on developing and investing in premium branded hotels in dynamic markets ."
"White Lodging is excited to be a part of bringing the Hyatt Place brand to downtown Knoxville," said Dave Montrose, senior vice president of operations for White Lodging.
"We think the hotel's location, size and quality will make it the city's destination hotel," said Dover. "It will be within walking distance of TVA headquarters, a trolley ride away from the University of Tennessee, and only steps away from the historic Tennessee Theatre."
Hyatt Place at the Farragut will offer:
• 165 spacious guestrooms with separate spaces to sleep, work and play, as well as a Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper
• a.m. Kitchen Skillet™, a free hot breakfast for guests available daily in the Gallery Kitchen
• 24/7 Gallery Menu & Market serving freshly prepared meals anytime, day or night
• Free Wi-Fi everywhere
• 2,700 square feet of flexible, high-tech meeting/function space
• 24-hour StayFit Gym featuring cardio equipment with LCD touchscreens
The Farragut Hotel was first constructed in 1917 and expanded just a few years later. It was home to a 190-room full service hotel, and was a popular venue for visiting dignitaries and Knoxville's social scene. In 1980, the building was renovated into office space and housed many prominent firms, including the law offices of the late Senator Howard H. Baker, as well as the local headquarters of First Tennessee bank. The hotel project is being financed by FSG Bank.
Visit Dover Development Corporation at http://www.doverdevelopment.com.
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