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Tiki Hut and Holiday Inn Condo Conversion Plans Resurface

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June 2, 2008

By Tim Donnelly – Island Packet

Plans to tear down the Holiday Inn Oceanfront and its iconic Tiki Hut bar are still moving forward, but the hotel will be standing at least through next year.

The company that owns the 36-year-old hotel and beachfront bar near Coligny Circle was back before the town last week seeking approval for the design of the 36-unit condominium complex it eventually wants to put on the site. The company had hoped to get final approval on Wednesday from the town’s Design Review Board on the look of the sleek, glass-lined, five-story building with penthouse suites, but the board said more architectural issues needed to be resolved.

The hotel’s owner, Atlanta-based Lodgian, and its architects withdrew the application and will meet with town staff and board members, probably sometime this week, to work out some of the issues, said Mike Roan, urban design administrator for the town’s Community Development Department. The aesthetics of the project are of particular importance to the town because the hotel is in the heart of the island’s main tourism district, an area it has targeted for major redevelopment in the coming years.

“The staff and the board felt it had some steps to take to get under the more amorphous island character umbrella,” Roan said. “Everyone wants to see it go well, including the applicant.”

The plans will then go back before the board for final approval. Many more approvals are required before the rest of the redevelopment plans can be finalized.

As far as the hotel’s immediate future, nothing has changed since March, when officials announced plans to spend $2 million on renovations and keep it operating at least through the 2009 season. The condominium plans still will move forward, but the plans hinge on the recovery of the real estate market, officials said in March.

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