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Daily Archives: March 25, 2013
March 25, 20134:09 p.m.
WICHITA — Hotelier Naina Patel has purchased the AmericInn at 4848 S. Laura and is rebranding it.
“It’s close by, it’s … easy for us to manage,” she says of the new hotel.
The Days Inn has 43 rooms. The AmericInn had 52 rooms but will drop to 50 as a Super 8. Patel plans to convert one room into storage and the other into either an expanded breakfast space or an exercise room.
She plans to start remodeling in a month or so.
“Obviously, it needs a little bit of TLC, so we’re going to redo the whole thing.”
March 25, 20133:00 p.m.
WICHITA — A new SpringHill Suites by Marriott is coming to West Kellogg.
“There was no Marriott brand on the west side of the town,” Mitesh Patel says.
He says he’d hope to bring a Courtyard by Marriott there but couldn’t.
“We had a little opposition from (the) downtown Courtyard,” Patel says.
Patel says he’s had 37 hotels that he’s bought and sold through the years.
“Our business is to run hotels and build them,” he says.
SpringHill Suites will open in spring or summer 2014.
Patel says the hotel will have 3,000 square feet of meeting space but won’t have a restaurant.
“We have Texas Roadhouse next door.”
March 25, 20135:00 a.m.
WICHITA — Sedgwick County has filed a tax foreclosure suit against Kress Building LLC, the owner of the Kress Building at 224 E. Douglas.
The taxes aren’t for the building but for a small piece of vacant land adjacent to it.
“I think what has happened is that has just escaped payment,” says Chris McElgunn, the attorney representing the county.
He says the amount is somewhere between $6,000 and $7,000.
The building owner couldn’t be reached for comment.
McElgunn says it’s a common accounting error when a property owner doesn’t realize that one piece of a property may be listed separately on the tax rolls.
“They’ve got to make arrangements to come in and pay the taxes,” he says. “It’s my understanding that the property manager is making arrangements.”