Demolition has begun to make way for a new seven-story hotel on Main Street.
This week, crews began demolishing the building that once housed Abbott’s Shoe Repair. That building will be torn down completely, and crews will also demolish the rear of the Green Mansion.
The façade of the Green Mansion, which dates back to 1882, is protected by a historic preservation law and will be incorporated into the hotel.
Lang Development Group’s new building will include 144 hotel rooms, 19,500 square feet of office space and a parking garage at 96 E. Main St., across from the Academy Street intersection.
The first three levels of the building will include the restaurant, hotel lobby and commercial office space in the front and parking in the back. The top four floors will contain the hotel rooms. Part of the fourth floor will also include a deck with a pool and a patio.
The hotel will displace part of a city-run municipal parking lot. The land is owned by Lang but is leased to the city. Right now, the Main Street entrance and exit is closed, but the lot remains open and motorists can access it via Center Street. However, when construction begins, part of the lot will close.
The hotel project includes 244 spaces in the parking garage, which will be privately managed and used for hotel guests and employees of the office tenants. However, Lang pledged that excess parking will be made available to the public. There would be at least 36 spaces available to the public at all times, and possibly as many as 130 available, depending on the occupancy of the hotel.
Meanwhile, a second proposal for a hotel on Main Street is working its way through the city’s development process. Danneman & Danneman LLC’s plan calls for demolishing the building at 132 E. Main St. – which houses Tasty Wok, Playa Bowls and the former Margherita’s Pizza – and building a 108-room hotel, 12 apartments, retail space and a 292-space parking garage. That plan is in the early stages, and a vote has not yet been scheduled.