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First Hospitality Group Converting Former Omaha Federal Building To Residence Inn By Marriott

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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First Hospitality Group, Inc. announced today it has begun its latest adaptive reuse project—the conversion of the former Federal Building in Omaha, Neb. into a 152-room Residence Inn by Marriott. First Hospitality Group, Inc. President and COO Robert Habeeb made the announcement.

In partnership with Des Moines, Iowa-based Nelson Development,First Hospitality Group, Inc. will complete the $23 million project to transform the vacant art deco style Omaha Federal Building into a Residence Inn by Marriott extended-stay hotel, with 12 stories and 152 guest rooms equipped with kitchens. Planned to open by mid-next year, the project is expected to create 100 construction jobs, and 50 full-time and 25 part-time hotel jobs.

The Federal Building, recognized for its art deco design detail of the early 1900s, has significant features that will preserve the building’s architectural detail —including its sleek geometric shapes, terrazzo marble floors and granite, limestone and brick in the facade.

“This hotel will provide a unique experience for guests due to its visually appealing historic features mixed with the modern amenities today’s travellers expect, located in the heart of Omaha’s central business district,” said Habeeb. “In addition, this project is a complement to our growing portfolio of sustainable hotel conversion projects, which is an environmentally sound way to revitalize and add a level of vibrancy to communities.”

With a track record of converting historic structures into hotels, First Hospitality Group, Inc. is currently developing the historic Loyalty Building in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the original headquarters of NorthwesternMutual Life, to a 128-room Hilton Garden Inn. Past conversion projects include the Fairfield Inn and Suites in downtown Omaha and the former historic Liberty Building in downtown Des Moines, Iowa to a Hyatt Place.
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