Week of Nov 13th
Our color scheme for interior has been approved.
carpet and all exterior rooms have been gutted
City changed their mind
Unfortunately, the city has decided that they want to see the entire 138 unit property brought up to standards before allowing us to open the back annex building. They assured us that it just needs to be to the bare minimum (for the additional 110 rooms) but operating without cash flow is challenging. Operating by somebody else’s plan is even more challenging. Never mind the pandemic or people we expected to provide housing to.
Week of Sept 7th
We passed the 2nd floor plumbing inspection!
We will soon have all new plumbing in annex
Still need to have final inspection with city. After everything is done. We will be going through the check list line by line.
I bought the hotel in 2013 at 25 years old. I didnt realize it would lose money month over month for years. Let alone the neglected maintenance.
In 2019 we finally started making a profit. It was also the year we moved to St. Louis, started losing feeling in my hands and had a surprise addition to the family.
In 2020, we saved up enough money to begin renovations, we also found out I needed immediate surgery, and the city decided they were tired of waiting for me to fix the hotel.
Now the pressure is on. Fresh off spinal surgery recovery we started a 60 day renovation of our Annex building, finnally landed a deal with Wyndham to be taken on board as a travel lodge, and lost our biggest source of income (our long term guests) to renovate the hotel. 2020 has been an interesting year. Hopefully everything is happening for the best. :)
New door locks expected to arrive Dec 7th for hotel.
Our new RFID door locks are scheduled to arrive next week for the hotel. They will be proffessionally installed.
Once those are done, we still have the major remodel on hotel to get to Travel lodge standards. But our biggest frustration will finally be solved.