Plans unveiled for former McCamly Hotel; McCamly Place to be demolished

McCamly Plaza Hotel is pictured on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 in Battle Creek, Mich. Battle Creek Unlimited, the new owners of McCamly Plaza Hotel, announced renovation plans Monday with intent to reopen in 2022.

The former McCamly Plaza Lodge is slated to have its $59-million makeover total by the third quarter of 2023.

Battle Creek Endless and its affiliate, 50 Capital Ave. Development Corp., exposed plans Monday for the overhaul of the 265,000-square foot complicated in downtown Fight Creek. 

Ideas include razing the McCamly Spot atrium area to insert an outdoor inexperienced area and additional indoor room for the lodge and adjacent Kellogg Arena. 

BCU, the nonprofit financial growth arm for the town of Struggle Creek, attained ownership of the home in November 2020 next a lawsuit towards its prior entrepreneurs for failure to fulfill deadlines in rebranding the lodge into a DoubleTree by Hilton. The lodge has been not been open since November 2019.

“We are so energized to return this historic property to successful use,” Joe Sobieralski, President and CEO of BCU stated in a release. “Having a hotel of this size and magnitude will significantly add to the financial vitality of downtown Battle Creek and the overall city. We cannot thank our partners and contributors adequate for their ongoing aid and generosity. This multi-faceted job will be a showpiece for our fantastic town and will once all over again make Battle Creek a place for enjoyment and occasions.”

Joe Sobieralski, President and CEO of Battle Creek Unlimited, tours the top of the former McCamly Hotel on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. The renovation and rebranding project has received $2.5 million contribution from the city of Battle Creek allocated from its $30.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds.

The renovations will include things like:

• New visitor rooms, foyer, ballroom and conference areas.

• A new restaurant with a farm-to-desk menu.

• A new bar and beer backyard.

• A new kitchen area.

• A 16th-ground cocktail lounge with panoramic views of the town, complemented by a few assembly areas that can be configured for one huge event.

• New roofs, higher-performance windows and refreshed exterior.

• Complete upgrades to the mechanical and HVAC devices.

• Five new elevators.

• In excess of 24,000 sq. ft of modern meeting area.

Karen J. Simmons

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