Hotel Construction Proceeds in Arkansas

by Kate Knable  on Monday, May. 28, 2012 12:00 am  

Arkansas has at least three major hotel construction projects in progress, and others are in various stages of planning.

(Click here to read a related story on some hotel projects that are still in the planning phases.)

Construction of the 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville began in December.

Craig Greenberg, president of 21c Museum Hotels, said the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art made Bentonville particularly attractive for the company’s third boutique hotel and museum. 21c’s original hotel is in Louisville, Ky. A second is under construction in Cincinnati.

The 21c in Bentonville will clock in at about $30 million.

“In addition to the strong business climate, we were drawn to Bentonville by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which opened in November 2011. We believe that it will be known as the most important museum of American art in the world and that it will change the tourism business in Arkansas forever,” Greenberg told Arkansas Business last week in an email.

“Our founder and CEO, Steve Wilson, often compares it to what the Guggenheim did for Bilbao, Spain, which has been an incredible economic and cultural engine for the city.”

The hotel, which will also house a contemporary art museum open to the public, is scheduled to debut in Bentonville during the first quarter of 2013.

The four-story hotel will have 104 guest rooms; 12,000 SF of exhibition, meeting and event space; and a fitness center, business center and 125-seat restaurant.

Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock is the project’s executive architect, and Flintco of Tulsa is the general contractor.

Deborah Berke & Partners Architects LLP of New York City served as the design architect.

Another project also started in December, the more than $16 million renovation of the former Cosmopolitan Hotel in Fayetteville.



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