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#1 jefffwd

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Posted 04 March 2006 - 12:19 PM

There are so many hotel topics I wasn't quite sure where to post this. It is from the Dallas Business Journal.

Fort Worth Plaza Hotel closes for renovations
Dallas Business Journal - 3:23 PM CST Friday
by Holli L. EstridgeStaff Writer

Presidio Hotel Group L.L.C. closed the Fort Worth Plaza Hotel Wednesday for renovations, one day after the Fort Worth City Council approved $21.5 million in tax breaks for the new hotel owner.

California-based Presidio is spending $46 million to renovate the Plaza into a three-star Sheraton Hotel Spa and Convention Center. The 430-room hotel is located at 1701 Commerce St.

Presidio's vice president of operations Guneet Bajwa said the hotel plans to reopen in the summer of 2007.

Presidio has committed to obtaining and maintaining a three-star rating, hiring minority- or women-owned firms for 25 percent of the construction and creating jobs for 125 Fort Worth residents.

The hotel carried the Ramada name until two years ago, and 185 of the hotel's 430 rooms are not usable.

Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau spokesman Greg Staley said the bureau is working closely with meeting planners to relocate groups that had reservations for the Plaza and Clarion Hotel, which is also under renovation.

Pearl Investments in Fort Worth bought the Clarion Hotel at Fifth and Commerce streets last year to remodel it into an upscale, 240-room Hotel Indigo.

Douglas Harman, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, said that while it has been a lot of work for the bureau, it has been able to accommodate all the groups in proximity of the convention center.

"The most important thing is we're seeing a dramatic revitalization to the big downtown hotels, as well as the Omni being built," Harman said. "This is great news for the city."
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Posted 10 March 2006 - 08:05 PM

Hey everyone! It has been almost two years since I posted. I'm glad to be back! I just wanted to throw my two cents in about the Plaza Hotel. My parents and I use to stay in it when I was little. When it was a Hilton, it was really nice. I was impressed with the larger size rooms. When Hilton pulled out, and Ramada took over, it seem to hold up for a few years, then the building started to decline. It has been about two or three years since I've been inside the hotel, but the upper floors I remember the a/c was broken in some floors, locks on doors didn't want to work, elevators were not in the best of shape, not to mention stains were appearing everywhere. I even hit the wrong button to go to my floor I was staying on, and ended up on a totally vacated floor. Old draperies where laying everywhere, lights were out, and there was no a/c. It was literally abandoned. The first time it closed when it was a Hilton, I was disappointed. Now I'm glad its closed. And to read that nearly 200 rooms were unusuable, I totally beleive that! I hope Sheraton gives the building a much deserved facelift.

As far as me, I left Texas last summer and I live in the Finger Lakes Region in Central New York State. I am in the process to start college to get my Masters Degree in Teaching this fall. The architecture up here is amazing! When it gets warmer, I plan to take alot of pictures to post. I have already started a gallery with pictures from Ithaca, NY when a friend and I took some pictures. That is at photos.yahoo.com/countryboyjim77. As I take new pictures, I will be adding them there. I have some more pictures of Ithaca to add, showing some of the old State Theatre with beautiful woodwork around the ticket booth. As I post new galleries, if it is okay, I will post a notice in the Photographs section.

Good to be back, hope everyone is doing well!

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QUOTE(jefffwd @ Mar 4 2006, 01:19 PM) View Post

There are so many hotel topics I wasn't quite sure where to post this. It is from the Dallas Business Journal.

Fort Worth Plaza Hotel closes for renovations
Dallas Business Journal - 3:23 PM CST Friday
by Holli L. EstridgeStaff Writer

Presidio Hotel Group L.L.C. closed the Fort Worth Plaza Hotel Wednesday for renovations, one day after the Fort Worth City Council approved $21.5 million in tax breaks for the new hotel owner.

California-based Presidio is spending $46 million to renovate the Plaza into a three-star Sheraton Hotel Spa and Convention Center. The 430-room hotel is located at 1701 Commerce St.

Presidio's vice president of operations Guneet Bajwa said the hotel plans to reopen in the summer of 2007.

Presidio has committed to obtaining and maintaining a three-star rating, hiring minority- or women-owned firms for 25 percent of the construction and creating jobs for 125 Fort Worth residents.

The hotel carried the Ramada name until two years ago, and 185 of the hotel's 430 rooms are not usable.

Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau spokesman Greg Staley said the bureau is working closely with meeting planners to relocate groups that had reservations for the Plaza and Clarion Hotel, which is also under renovation.

Pearl Investments in Fort Worth bought the Clarion Hotel at Fifth and Commerce streets last year to remodel it into an upscale, 240-room Hotel Indigo.

Douglas Harman, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, said that while it has been a lot of work for the bureau, it has been able to accommodate all the groups in proximity of the convention center.

"The most important thing is we're seeing a dramatic revitalization to the big downtown hotels, as well as the Omni being built," Harman said. "This is great news for the city."
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Posted 21 March 2006 - 11:43 AM

Construction is supposed to start in June of this year and will be completed in March of 2007. The estimated cost of the renovation is $3,293,000.00.

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 01:17 PM

QUOTE(John T Roberts @ Mar 21 2006, 01:43 PM) View Post

Construction is supposed to start in June of this year and will be completed in March of 2007. The estimated cost of the renovation is $3,293,000.00.


Huh? $3.3 Million doesn't sound like very much money for a building in that condition.

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 02:35 PM

John, both the ST and the DBJ reported the renovations at $46M....where did your number come from?

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 07:59 PM

It came from the TDLR web site. The $3.3 Million is for exterior work only. I should have clarified.

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 08:24 PM

I remember in high school renting a room there with my best friend and chasing Peter Frampton and his band up and down the elevators. We finally gave up and got the keyboard player's autograph. Finally as the security guard escorted us to the elevator to retire permanantly to our room...lolol...we saw as the doors closed for the final time on our elevator Peter Frampton coming around the corner...big sigh.

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 08:46 PM

"DO YOU FEEL ... LIKE I FEEL"

I think my oldest sister was at that concert...

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 09:58 PM

Did he say "Hello"?

And did it resemble the sound Charlie Brown's teacher? "WhaWhaw Wo". rotflmao.gif
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Posted 21 March 2006 - 11:17 PM

What ever happened to glam rock?....

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Posted 01 April 2006 - 09:21 PM

I'm glad to see the Plaza getting a redo. I was there a year ago to attend the RSES (Refrigeration Service Engineers Society) SW Regional put on by the Cowtown chapter. I was very pleased with the conference but saddened by the neglected condition of the hotel. Being that I take care of a building for a living, particulary its mechanical/HVAC systems, seeing the hotel in such a neglected state was disheartening at best.

I started out in my line of work in the hotel biz. My first gig was a Marriott in Dallas and we kept that place ship shape. Walking through the Plaza last spring was like...where's the facilities crew? Don't they even care there's a huge gash in the elevator door safety strip that could slash someone's arm open?

I'll look forward to the renovation.

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 07:06 PM

A construction elevator was installed on the south tower in the last couple of weeks. Looks like some exterior work is starting to happen on both towers.

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 04:52 PM

Does anyone know what's happening with the renovation of the former "Plaza/Ramada/Hilton" hotel on Commerce. Is it going forward? (It's the one in the funky armpit of Lancaster and the mixmaster that was such a horrible introduction to Fort Worth for so many conventioneers for so many years.) It's supposedly becoming a Sheraton by mid-2007....

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 07:50 PM

I found out today that construction has stopped due to the developer temporarily running out of money.

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 07:40 AM

This is a BIG project, the largest by far in fact, for the Cali boys doing it, I believe. John is right though, there are some minor financial issues.

Regardless of the minor financial issues, this project is still on go and they are still actively working on it. In fact they were in town last week getting some issues resolved. I still think that we could see it being finally converted sometime in 07.

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 11:28 PM

"temporarily running out of money" does not sound like a "minor financial issue" for someone for whom this project is the "largest by far." Inexperience can have some bad consequences when things go wrong.

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 08:29 AM

I believe it is just a minor but fixable issue with financing arrangements. I believe that is part of the reason they were in town last week. They will pick back up construction fairly soon and I dont think there will be that much of an effect on the completion date they are shooting for.

I would not worry about this project getting done... It will definitely be finished sometime in 07.

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 06:42 PM

Got some inside skinney on this, Adam?

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 08:48 PM

you know it... ghughes.

Not exactly comfortable saying how just yet... in due time though.

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 12:51 PM

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 05:43 PM

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 08:05 AM

According to my buddy at Trammel Crow (as I said before, he's wrong alot) this project was risky from the start. The work begun before all the financing was in order. With the convention center hotel and the Embassy adding so many rooms to DTFW this project was considered risky by some. I heard this shortly after the redevelopment began, but am cautious of posting anything this guy says, but he has been right several times and he seems to have been right about this.

And adamb...when work comes to grinding halt on a project like this over financing issues, few would consider that a minor problem.

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:46 AM

Just relaying information through the grapevine. It struck me as a bigger problem as well than what was being implied... I guess we will see. The optimistic side of me chose to believe that it would be no big issue. I will see if I can get any up to date info on the project.

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 10:54 AM

Personally, if Lacaster Ave. is ever completed, I've always thought that location would be better served by a really good mixed -use project. Maybe if the hotel redo doesn't work, someone will step in and do something impressive...probably not, but one can dream.

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 04:40 PM

It looks like a prison when you drive by now. The tall fence on top of the Jersey barrier..

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 11:06 PM

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With the convention center hotel and the Embassy adding so many rooms to DTFW


The Embassy is a remodel of an existing hotel, so it isn't really adding rooms.


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Posted 29 April 2007 - 11:17 AM

Guess the project is back... from FW Business Press

Sheraton receives financing

AFC Realty Capital, a New York City-based boutique real estate investment bank, has arranged $6 million in mezzanine financing for the Sheraton Fort Worth Convention Center & Spa, located downtown at 1701 Commerce St. Paul Fried, principal of AFC Realty, made the announcement on behalf of the hotel ownership, Presidio Hotel Group LLC.

The financing is part of the hotelís $50-million renovation and re-branding of the former Ramada Inn. Located across the street from the Fort Worth Convention Center and the Water Gardens, the 430-room hotel complex has two towers of 12 and 10 stories, and is undergoing a major redesign of its existing 25,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space, as well its restaurant. The hotel is adding an 8,000-square-foot spa and athletic club.

Following the multimillion-dollar expansion of the Fort Worth Convention Center and improvements to the Water Gardens, the Sheraton aims to occupy a central place in the cityís plans to increase its share of convention business and meet the need for additional hotel rooms, hotel officials say.



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Posted 29 April 2007 - 12:20 PM

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 01:26 PM

I noticed there were signs of life this week: service elevators running, a window-washing type scaffolding on the side of the south tower, etc.

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 12:07 PM

Looks like some progress in deed....Looks like the funding has been worked out....

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 06:20 PM

I also noticed the re-facade has started on the north side of the south tower.

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 01:57 PM

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A look at how fancy redone hotel will be
By DAVID WETHE
Star-Telegram Staff Writer

Officials for the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel & Spa revealed on Tuesday more of the bells and whistles planned for the former Fort Worth Plaza Hotel.

Presidio Hotel Group is undertaking a $46 million renovation. According to Kristen Alderson, the hotel's new general manager, some of the amenities will include:

A 150- to 200-seat upscale restaurant that two nationally known brands are competing to operate. An announcement is expected in the month. One thing is certain: It won't be a steakhouse. Another, more moderately priced, restaurant that will serve two or three meals a day is also being planned.

32-inch flat-panel high-definition televisions in all of the standard-size guest rooms.

42-inch flat-panel HD TVs in the 25 suites.

An 8,000-square foot spa and athletic center known as Spa Beaubelle. Besides the full-service spa, it will also have a yoga room and Pilates studio.

It is expected to open in the first quarter of 2008, she said.

Alderson, who joined the hotel in February, is no stranger to downtown Fort Worth. She spent the past four years as general manager of the boutique Ashton Hotel just a few blocks away.

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 09:57 PM

They had the ceremonial kick off of construction today, but the new facade has been going on the building for about a month.

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 03:04 PM

Shula restaurant to open in Sheraton
By Sandra Baker
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FORT WORTH -- The restaurant chain of Hall of Fame coach Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history, in May will open a location in the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel & Spa, now undergoing renovations near the Fort Worth Convention Center at the south end of downtown.

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 01:23 PM

QUOTE (JBB @ Jan 11 2008, 03:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Shula restaurant to open in Sheraton
By Sandra Baker
sabaker@star-telegram.com

FORT WORTH -- The restaurant chain of Hall of Fame coach Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history, in May will open a location in the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel & Spa, now undergoing renovations near the Fort Worth Convention Center at the south end of downtown.

The full story


Has anyone eaten at Shula's before?

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 01:41 PM

As a matter of fact. . . I had a couple drinks at the one at the Westin in Indianapolis. I didn't eat there, but I did check out the menu. It's a nice, classy, well-run, but completely unremarkable place. I don't mean that as an insult. I think if you were staying at the Sheraton and ate there, you'd have a favorable impression of accommodations in FW. On the other hand, I don't think it will attract many FW natives.

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 02:30 PM

QUOTE (cjyoung @ Jan 16 2008, 01:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (JBB @ Jan 11 2008, 03:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Shula restaurant to open in Sheraton
By Sandra Baker
sabaker@star-telegram.com

FORT WORTH -- The restaurant chain of Hall of Fame coach Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history, in May will open a location in the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel & Spa, now undergoing renovations near the Fort Worth Convention Center at the south end of downtown.

The full story


Has anyone eaten at Shula's before?



Yes, I have eaten at Shulas, steak house at the Sheraton downtown Chicago. I ate there new years eve, it was one of the best steaks if not the best I have ever had. However, I believe that this one opening in DTFW is a Shula's 347. The one in Chicago was just Shula's steakhouse. It was $85/person on new years eve for dinner 5 course meal. Usually it is $45/person.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 11:55 AM

This property was in desperate need of a make over. But, the new facade is horrible! It makes me think of some rehab in Miami. Maybe a different color would make a difference.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 12:44 PM

QUOTE (rsowell73 @ Jan 21 2008, 11:55 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This property was in desperate need of a make over. But, the new facade is horrible! It makes me think of some rehab in Miami. Maybe a different color would make a difference.

I drove by it yesterday and I agree with you. The new facade looks just like what it is....a facade. A cheap one at that. The renderings looked ten times better than the real deal. This is a property that should have been demolished and a new structure built in its place. It's just "puttin lipstick on a pig". FW has too much of that already.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 04:41 PM

I was in Fort Worth over the holidays, so the Sheraton has likely progressed a bit since then; but then it appeared to me to be taking on a look similar to some of the hotels here in Austin Ė very boxy with bold color schemes highlighted with neutral accents. The Hilton, the Four Seasons, and the two Marriotts downtown are like this. And the Hyatt on Lady Bird Lake and Crown Plaza on 290 just redid their facades in this style. Iím not sure if the style has a name, but give it shot. I didnít like it at first, but grows on you. Particularly against a color-splashed Texas sunrise or sunset Ė these buildings really pop!

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 11:48 AM

I like the new look. With City Place is giving our skyline a brighter shine.

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 01:33 PM

I must say, I absolutely LOVE the new Sheraton Hotel. Am crazy about it!

I agree, it would not fit in as well with the Classic Downtown look if it were closer to the center of town, but on the edge... it is nearly perfect! (Would be perfect, to me, if they painted that old brick on the North Side. (Beige?)



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Posted 30 January 2008 - 02:01 PM

Words can not accurately describe how little I like this building's facade. angry.gif

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 02:22 PM

The red/brown brick portions of the facade that they're not resurfacing look ridiculous.

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 03:03 PM

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The red/brown brick portions of the facade that they're not resurfacing look ridiculous.


Are they really not covering the rest of the brick? Then I have to agree it's pretty ridiculous looking. I really liked the look of the new facade, but this is a baaaad blending of styles imho.

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 03:16 PM

it looks HORRIBLE.

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 03:16 PM

I don't know why they would have removed the scaffolding if they were planning to finish resurfacing those areas.

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 05:49 PM

QUOTE (JBB @ Jan 30 2008, 05:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't know why they would have removed the scaffolding if they were planning to finish resurfacing those areas.


uhh... judging by the pic from presidio's website, I would say that the brick is staying as is.... see pic below

This project turned out horrible IMHO... WHY WHY WHY WHY would they leave the brick sides like that???



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Posted 30 January 2008 - 10:12 PM

To me, it looks "unfinished". Granted, they saved a little money not covering the brick up, but if you are going to do a re-facade on the building, it should have been totally done. The redesign is so radical, all of the entire building should have been reskinned.

The sign package is going before the Downtown Design Review Board on February 7th, and they are planning to put large Sheraton signs and logos on all sides of the buildings. Here is the specific agenda item:

DG08-005 1601 Commerce Street; Sheraton Logo Signs
Owner / Applicant: Presidio Hotel Group / Chandler Sign LP, LLP
DUDD
Requests a Certificate of Appropriateness to:
1. Install three (3) sets of 6-foot LED illuminated channel letters with red lexan faces,
one (1) on the West elevation, one (1) on the new North elevation and one (1) on the
new South elevation;
2. Install one (1) set of 2-foot 6-inch medium bronze reverse channel letters on the
lower West elevation; and
3. Install one (1) 10-foot LED channel logo with red lexan faces on the East elevation.




#50 Dcurtis

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 10:44 PM

^^^^
Cheap and so freaking awful!!!!





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