Inn on the Park to be renovated

The Mullins Group, owners of the Best Western Plus Inn on the Park on the Capitol Square, is proposing a $10 million renovation to the hotel.

Initial improvement plans call for exterior and interior improvements, including new windows and lighting, a distinguished entryway, a reconfiguration of the first-floor lobby, restaurant and lounge areas, and room renovations. The hotel’s exterior would be upgraded with stone, granite, and bronze-finished aluminum, and its curved upper level would be extended along West Main Street.

Mullins will not ask for financial support from the city to do the renovations.

Work could begin in the fall of 2015 and be completed about nine months later, with the hotel remaining open during the renovations. Upon completion, the building will be renamed The Park Hotel, in deference to the hotel that originally stood on the site between 1871 and 1961.