Thursday, June 1, 2017
By Doug Storum
GREELEY — Denver-based Providence Hospitality Partners has been hired to operate the Lincoln Park Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Greeley that is being developed by a group of prominent Greeley businessmen.
A ground-breaking ceremony is being planned for April 12 for the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, according to Scott Ehrlich, spokesman for the investment group, of which he is a member.
Providence Hospitality Partners, led by chief executive David Storm, operates hotel brands including Starwood, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Hilton Hotels, Radisson and Relais & Chateaux.
Its operating experience has ranged from a 42-unit boutique hotel in San Francisco to an 1,100-room, 2,200-acre themed resort in the Carolinas.
In Colorado, Providence operates Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs.
The hotel at 919 Seventh St. will be built on property owned by the city of Greeley. Plans call for 147 rooms and suites in a six-story structure on the east half of the property, which also includes a pool and a full-service restaurant. That tower structure is attached to the convention center, which anchors the west side of the property and faces the city’s 1700-seat Union Colony Civic Center, a performance hall. The conference center will have 14,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes a 12,000-square-foot ballroom.
The structure will be a blend of different brick materials and stucco, and will feature a glass curtain around the main floor, with a prominent view and relationship to the city’s adjacent historic Lincoln Park.
The development/ownership group behind the project is made up of Ehrlich, a longtime auto dealer in Greeley; brothers Dick and Charlie Monfort, owners of the Colorado Rockies; Bob Tointon, a longtime property owner; the Richardson family and others.
Ehrlich on Wednesday said negotiations with the city are still ongoing, and he hopes meeting with lawyers will be done in time for the Greeley City Council to vote on approving the agreement at its April 5 regular meeting.
“There are a few more hurdles to clear, but it appears this will be done. … I don’t want to get the cart before the horse,” Ehrlich said.
Greeley-based Hensel Phelps Construction Co. has been working on design options and costs for the hotel and conference center while negotiating for the construction contract to build the project, which initially was estimated to cost about $20 million.
Hensel Phelps represents the developer/ownership group that will own and operate the hotel.
Hensel Phelps has been the city’s point of contact relative to the developers’ response to the city’s earlier request for proposal, site design and financial negotiations.
Hiring Hensel Phelps to serve as general contractor for the hotel/conference center is at the discretion of the ownership group, Greeley’s assistant city manager Becky Safarik said.
PROVIDENCE HOSPITALITY PARTNERS
709 CLARKSON ST. DENVER, COLORADO 80218