Clarion Hotel Decision Reached
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GREEN BAY, Wis.- After hours of debate city leaders have finally made a decision on what to do with the Clarion Hotel. By a vote of 8 to 4 they chose to go with the original developer, American Hospitality Management on an $8 million renovation project.
The other option debated was a 16 story, high rise, luxury hotel. Instead, the Green Bay City Council went with the original plan, keeping the skyline of Green Bay much like it is now.
A debate lasting late into the night brings a final decision to the table.
"We hope to acquire the property as soon as we possibly can," said American Hospitality Management's developer, Craig Bonter.
He says he's ready to start work on the Clarion.
"We've already started working on design work and branding and things like that," said Bonter.
The decision means instead of knocking down the Clarion and rebuilding a 16 story hotel from scratch, they will just renovate the existing building. According to Green Bay city council member, Jerry Wiezbiskie that's the way to go.
"We already had the facts and the figures in place, what the city could support," said Wiezbiskie.
This also means the Hotel Northland project can still go through, refurbishing the Green Bay landmark into the 5 star hotel that Edgewater was promising for the Clarion.
"I was a little concerned about the direction the city was going with Edgewater," admits Hotel Northland developer, Mike Frantz.
Not everyone is happy with the outcome though.
"I'm disappointed in the vote, but this council has always worked well together. They made their decision and we're going to stand by it," said Green Bay city council member Tom DeWane.
The expansion of the Clarion is set to start before the end of the year. As for the Northland, as of right now, it appears their plans are still on track.