Hotel project could save old Indiana Masonic lodge building

A Masonic lodge building in Jeffersonville, Ind., could avoid demolition by becoming a boutique hotel. The building's owner is seeking a buyer and investors in the hotel vision. Read the NewsAndTribune.com story here

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Summer start eyed for 3 new hotels in Mich.

Stellar Hospitality of Farmington Hills, Mich., plans to begin construction this summer on three hotels in Wyoming, Mich. The company said it would build a 6,000-square-foot restaurant near its planned Holiday Inn Express and two Marriott properties. Read the Grand Rapids Business Journal story here

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Boutique hotel plans construction in Lowell, Mass., this summer

Building may start in June on the 52-room hotel sought by the owners of the Athenian Corner restaurant in Lowell, Mass. Two city boards recently approved the project. Read The Sun story here

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Santa Fe, N.M.’s noted Loretto bought by Heritage

The Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe, N.M., has been sold for an undisclosed price. Heritage Hotels and Resorts joined with an investor group led by Randy Talbot to purchase the property. Read the The Business Journals/Albuquerque, N.M. story here

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Ramsey County, Minn., mixed-use development plan includes 200-room hotel

Ramsey County, Minn., is working on an agreement with Cardon Development Group that would bring a hotel, retail space and housing to the site of the former county jail. The four-star hotel would have 200 keys. Read the Star Tribune story here

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Starbucks aims to expand Roastery concept to Chicago

Starbucks is negotiating for space for a Roastery store on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, in a 35,000-square-foot building currently leased by Crate & Barrel. The high-end concept launched in Seattle, and the chain also has plans for new locations in New York, Tokyo, Shanghai and Milan over the next two years. Read the Chicago Tribune story here

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New look fashioned for noted Tampa hotel

The new owner of the Bay Harbor Hotel in Tampa, Fla., has renovated the property, replacing its once-loud color scheme with natural tones and a nautical motif. Oxford Capital Group enlisted The Gettys Group to redo the hotel, which was once owned by the New York Yankees' late owner George Steinbrenner. Read the Hotel Business Design story here

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Current Iowa hotel bringing 75 jobs to Davenport

The Current Iowa in Davenport is on track to open July 5 and has 75 job openings. The property is part of Marriott's Autograph Collection. Read the Quad-City Times story here

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Historical Chicago building getting 2nd life as luxury hotel

Developers plan to convert Chicago's Atlantic Bank building into a luxury hotel called Hotel Julian. The project will cost $75 million and should debut in 2018. Read the REJournals.com story here

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Topping-off ceremony marks San Diego casino expansion milestone

A topping-off ceremony was held at the $285 million expansion to the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif., and work should wrap up in 2018. The last concrete was placed at the 14-story tower, and when work is done, the resort will have almost 1,100 hotel rooms, a 4.5-acre pool, restaurants and event space. Read The San Diego Union-Tribune story here

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