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Toledo: Downtown: Hotel Seagate Renovation

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The Blade reported last week that the vacant 19-story Hotel Seagate in downtown Toledo is beginning to be demolished:

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2016/01/13/Demolition-of-vacant-Hotel-Seagate-under-way.html

 

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EDIT:  Lucas County purchased and is demolishing the hotel: http://nbc24.com/news/local/county-moves-forward-with-plans-to-demolish-hotel-seagate?id=1236773

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The Hotel Seagate demolition is a huge mistake and giant waste of taxpayer dollars. I suspect a backdoor deal on this one given how excited Lucas County Commissioners were to tear this building down. Typical Rust Belt demolition politics...

 

This will remain a hole for a long time, and it was an incredibly stupid decision to tear it down. The hotel was structurally sound and easily could have been renovated. I agree it would have made a nice retro boutique hotel. I've seen many mid-century buildings like this turned into boutiques in LA, the Bay, Seattle, and Portland. Marriott also expressed interest in Downtown Toledo for years, but tried to get a sweet deal from the city/county during the recession. Why didn't Toledo/Lucas County just give Marriott this hotel? Was Marriott even contacted about this building? They probably would have taken it since they like these 1970's type of high-rise hotels, particularly with the awesome riverfront views this hotel surely had. Marriott probably would have taken it and renovated it. Instead, the county wasted millions of dollars to buy it and tear it down. Disgusting.

 

Something doesn't add up about this...

 

*The county's asbestos argument is total bullshit. How many buildings in America have been abated of asbestos? Thousands? Hundreds of thousands?

 

Are they going to tear down the Fibgerglas Tower next since it has asbestos? A lot of these mid-century skyscrapers in Toledo and other cities have asbestos. It's not a big deal. Hell, Toledo's own Owens Corning made the stuff and sold it around the world (which later led to their bankruptcy back in the 90's). Asbestos is in a ton of buildings from that era.

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Are they going to tear down the Fibgerglas Tower next since it has asbestos? A lot of these mid-century skyscrapers in Toledo and other cities have asbestos. It's not a big deal. Hell, Toledo's own Owens Corning made the stuff and sold it around the world (which later led to their bankruptcy back in the 90's). Asbestos is in a ton of buildings from that era.

 

The asbestos was removed from the Fiberglas Tower years ago.

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Follow-up article this week from the Blade about the Hotel Seagate:

 

Inquiries prompt halt to Seagate demolition

Possible buyers show interest

By Mark Reiter | BLADE STAFF WRITER

Published on Aug. 10, 2016 | Updated 7:57 a. m

 

Lucas County officials have halted further demolition of the 19-story former Hotel Seagate after receiving inquiries about preserving the building’s concrete and steel frame for potential redevelopment.

 

The building, which had been a vertical brownfield because of asbestos used in its construction in the late 1960s, was days away from a date with the wrecking ball this summer when the county received calls from prospective buyers, said Megan Vahey-Casiere, deputy Lucas County administrator.  “We were about a week away from a getting a crane on the site to take the building down when private-sector companies, independent of one another, said, ‘If you can stop [the demolition], do it,’ ” she said.

 

The building as it stands now, county officials said, could give developers a $6 million head start in construction costs and could be redeveloped as a hotel, housing, or retail.  The property is near the redevelopment of buildings for ProMedica’s future downtown headquarters.

 

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/Politics/2016/08/10/Inquiries-prompt-halt-to-Seagate-demolition.html

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Demolition of Hotel Seagate halted

 

Demolition of the old Seagate Hotel downtown has stopped and that may not be bad.

 

After years of sitting on the corner of Summit and Jefferson, the old hotel wasn't worth anything to anyone.

 

But now, the old building may have a new life.

 

Built in 1970, the hotel had been vacant for the last 7 years.

 

More below:

http://www.13abc.com/home/headlines/Demolition-of-Hotel-Seagate-halted-379696991.html

 

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Lucas Co., local developer announce $30 million Seagate Hotel investment

 

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Lucas County officials are collaborating with a local hotel industry developer for a nearly $30 million investment to transform the former Seagate Hotel in downtown Toledo into a new 200-room hotel.

 

The county commissioners announced Tuesday a partnership with Key Hotel and Property Management LLC to redevelop the partially demolished, county-owned 19-story building at 127 N. Summit St. into a “dual brand” Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites.

 

More below:

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2017/11/28/Lucas-Co-local-developer-announce-30-million-Seagate-Hotel-investment.html

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Hotel Seagate renovation builds hope for revival of downtown Toledo

 

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Tourism is a giant economic engine in Lucas County, generating $2 billion in business activity in 2015 and supporting 1 in every 11 jobs in the county.

 

But a study conducted last year by the 22nd Century Committee said that engine could be much bigger — and having more than 600 committable hotel rooms would allow Toledo to be more competitive for convention business.

 

“Basically, if you’ve got a group that needs 600 committable rooms and you have only 400, then you can’t fish in that pond,” said Tony Vetter, director of sales for Destination Toledo, the area’s tourism and convention bureau.

 

More below:

http://www.toledoblade.com/business/2017/12/02/Hotel-Seagate-renovation-builds-hope-for-revival-of-downtown-Toledo.html

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I'm glad this is happening. This section of Downtown along Summit is finally coming back to life. Promedica HQ. The new Promenade Park. Renaissance Hotel w/ Brim House and The Heights. Tower on the Maumee (Fiberglas Tower) will be done soon. Barry's Bagels is open. City Egg is opening soon. Balance Pan-Asian is working on their location that will have a hydroponic farm where they grow their own produce. Fort Industry Square is supposed to be redeveloped. Seagate Center is redoing the Monroe st side of the building so it isn't a sheer blank wall facing Fifth Third Field.

 

Lots of progress in the heart of downtown.

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Hotel Seagate downtown is now being called the Hotel Hilton

 

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The Hotel Seagate downtown is now being called the Hotel Hilton.

 

And that's just the beginning of the changes to come for the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Erie Street.

 

More below:

http://www.wtol.com/story/37011051/hotel-seagate-downtown-is-now-being-called-the-hotel-hilton

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Hotel Seagate project has new developer

 

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JON CHAVEZ, Blade Business Writer, jchavez@theblade.com

 

DEC 6, 2018, 6:45 AM

A year into the redevelopment of the downtown Hotel Seagate, the county is switching dance partners.

Key Hotel & Property Management LLC, which Lucas County chose in November 2017 to develop the 19-story hotel at 127 N. Summit St., withdrew from the $30 million project six weeks ago.

 

Meanwhile, First Hospitality Group, Inc., which redeveloped the downtown Renaissance Hotel on Summit Street and owns 45 hotels in 10 states, has asked to take over the project.

 

https://www.toledoblade.com/business/real-estate/2018/12/06/downtown-toledo-hotel-seagate-project-new-developer/stories/20181205129 

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