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Arlington Owner Announces Completion of Independent Study

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Sky Capital Group LP, owner of the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs, announced Monday that Cromwell Architects Engineers of Little Rock has completed a certified study to address the hotel’s structural concerns.

The study independently evaluated five key areas of concern raised in a letter issued Sept. 14 by City Attorney Brian Albright. Those areas are the central wing, west face, seventh floor, north end and fountain wing, and the study was delivered to the city on Monday.

Albright told Arkansas Business, “We were very pleased to have received the report. We look forward to working with the owner to see that the repairs are made, and we wish him success in going forward with his efforts to restore the Arlington.”

The team from Cromwell, led by Joe Hilliard, used drawings of the original building, aerial drone footage, 3D laser scanning and site evaluations to complete the report and list short-term recommendations for three of the five areas that they found had deficiencies.

“In our professional opinion, the building in its current condition with the steps taken as recommended in this report can be safely occupied until the renovations begin in the next 18 months,” Hilliard said in a news release. “The hotel is already working on the short list of minor precautionary actions.”

Sky Capital Group LP purchased the Arlington in July and said it is planning a two-year renovation that will adhere to historic building standards and timelines.

The owner said the top-to-bottom renovation will include a strategic, phased approach so that the hotel can remain open while work is underway.

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