Tribune hotel – Tribune Tower http://tribunetower.info/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 01:06:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://tribunetower.info/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/tribune-120x120.png Tribune hotel – Tribune Tower http://tribunetower.info/ 32 32 Teenage boy shot dead outside Mount Pleasant Hotel on Wednesday afternoon, triggering Case High School lockdown https://tribunetower.info/teenage-boy-shot-dead-outside-mount-pleasant-hotel-on-wednesday-afternoon-triggering-case-high-school-lockdown/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 20:58:00 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/teenage-boy-shot-dead-outside-mount-pleasant-hotel-on-wednesday-afternoon-triggering-case-high-school-lockdown/ Root Journal Times MOUNT PLEASANT — Case High School was closed Wednesday afternoon when a shooting was reported at or near a hotel across the street. A 16-year-old boy was fatally shot at around 1:12 p.m. Wednesday at the Delta Hotel, 7111 Washington Ave., the Mount Pleasant Police Department reported. Police said the teenager was […]]]>

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MOUNT PLEASANT — Case High School was closed Wednesday afternoon when a shooting was reported at or near a hotel across the street.

A 16-year-old boy was fatally shot at around 1:12 p.m. Wednesday at the Delta Hotel, 7111 Washington Ave., the Mount Pleasant Police Department reported. Police said the teenager was in serious but stable condition.

Within two hours, police were seen investigating the parking lot of the Marriott hotel. No one is in custody for the shooting, police said.

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The hotel is located on the east side of Oakes Road; Case High is on the west side.

In an email at 1:55 p.m. Wednesday, Racine Unified School District spokesperson Stacy Tapp said, “Yes, we are currently in lockdown. We informed the parents.

Detravian Wortham, a second-year student at Case, said the lockdown started around 1.30pm and pupils were to stay in the classrooms they were in at the time; an announcement came over the school’s loudspeaker system informing everyone that the school was closed.

Wortham had never experienced confinement before. “It was a bit scary,” he said.

Student pickup at Case High School was at its regular time of 2:48 p.m.

“The students were released from the school without incident,” the MPPD said in a statement. “No suspects are in custody at the time of this release. The investigation is ongoing.”

When the lockdown ended and pupils walked out of school, Wortham said: ‘Everyone was just a little shocked.

The MPPD asks those with information about the shooting to call 262-884-0454, extension 4; send an e-mail via root.crimestoppersweb.com; or call Crime Stoppers at 262-636-9330.

This story will be updated.

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Sean of the South: Morning at an American Hotel https://tribunetower.info/sean-of-the-south-morning-at-an-american-hotel/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 11:44:25 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/sean-of-the-south-morning-at-an-american-hotel/ By Sean Dietrich, Sean of the South Comment Morning. My hotel lobby is crowded. It’s breakfast time. Sean Dietrich (Photo courtesy of seandietrich.com) It’s the time of day when guests come out of rooms with messy hair, slippers, and wrinkled clothes. They weave their way down the halls to the Bunn coffee machines like the […]]]>

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Morning. My hotel lobby is crowded. It’s breakfast time.

Sean Dietrich (Photo courtesy of seandietrich.com)

It’s the time of day when guests come out of rooms with messy hair, slippers, and wrinkled clothes. They weave their way down the halls to the Bunn coffee machines like the walking dead.

I eat processed stuff “looking like scrambled eggs” and sausages labeled “100% real meat”.

There is an old man in the queue who uses a mechanical wheelchair. He wears a green cap with “Vietnam” printed on the front.

He can’t reach the serving spoon from the buffet because his wheelchair is too low.

Behind him in line is a boy. The kid has red hair and freckles. He is full of face and friendly.

“Here,” said the boy, “leave me alone.”

The child uses the serving spoon to place the aberration “egg” on the old man’s plate. The old man thanks him.

“What else do you want on your plate?” Junior asks.

The old man said, “Oh, don’t worry about me, I can help myself.”

“I don’t mind. I’ll help you.”

The old man just smiled at the child. This man is perfectly capable of fixing his own dish, but sometimes an act of service is not about the served.

“Okay,” said the old man.

The boy shows the sausage. “Do you want some of that stuff?”

“Yes please.”

“How much would you like?” »

“I will say ‘when’.”

The boy wrinkles his face. “When?”

“That’s what people say when they’ve had enough of a good thing.”

The boy still does not understand. “They say ‘when’?”

“It’s true.”

The boy starts making the fake meat patties until the old man says, “When.”

“Would you like an apple or a banana?” said the boy.

The old man shakes his head. “Only the fruit I eat comes in a wine glass. But I’m going to have orange juice.

The boy pulls out a plastic cup from a pile. He fills it from Star-Trek’s juice dispenser.

“How about some bread?” asks the kid.

“A bagel. And I want it toasted.

The boy fetches a bagel from the acrylic bread box. Then he delicately splits the bagel with his bare hands. He manhandles the bagel like a kid playing with Play Dough.

“Don’t worry,” said the kid. “I washed my hands.”

“How reassuring.”

The waiter places the mangled bagel halves into the conveyor toaster oven. A marvelous machine. As they wait for the toast, the kid speaks. “Were you at war?

“Yes.”

“Vietnam War ?”

“Uh-huh.”

“It was hard ?”

“Well, that certainly wasn’t sweet.”

The boy smiled politely. He realizes that he has asked for too much. His parents raised him not to sound. So he is silent.

The old man breaks the awkward silence. “Tell me how old are you?”

“Thirteen.”

The old man nods. “I was six years older than you when I went there.”

“In Vietnam ?”

“Cambodia.”

“Did you fight?”

“Yes.”

The boy says nothing.

“But people don’t understand,” said the old man. “Most people think we all carried guns and patrolled the jungle, and got shot. But it wasn’t like that for everyone. Some of us saw fights. Some did not.

“Did you see any fighting?

“I did it.”

“What did all the other people do?”

“Six out of seven guys in Vietnam served in bases or worked in intelligence. Some were stationed in Germany, Japan or here in America. They were cooks, typists, drivers, paper couriers and REMF.

“What is an REMF?”

“No matter.”

The man’s bagel is ready. Its slices fall from the chute of the conveyor toaster. A marvelous machine.

“What I mean is,” the old man said, “everyone was important in Vietnam. The soldiers who carried the equipment in the back allowed us to take hot showers. The guys who brought food and beer kept us alive.

“Did you drink beer there?”

“Oh yes.”

“I bet you were happy to come home.”

The old man nods. “Yes.”

“Did you hurt yourself there?”

“I did it.”

The boy is silent. Then he says, “I’m sorry.”

“Not your fault.”

The child uses the free tongs to place the bagel on the man’s plate. He carries the old man’s plate and orange juice to a table in the dining room.

The old man follows, whirring in his wheelchair. The child asks if the old man needs anything else. The old man tells him that he is fine from here.

The child smiles. He presents his young hand like that of an adult. Good manners.

The old man shakes the boy’s hand and says, “Thank you for your help today, son.”

“No, sir,” the kid said sincerely. “Thank you for your service.”

When.

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Hotel rates rise as hospitality sector revenue begins to rebound https://tribunetower.info/hotel-rates-rise-as-hospitality-sector-revenue-begins-to-rebound/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 11:02:54 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/hotel-rates-rise-as-hospitality-sector-revenue-begins-to-rebound/ Hotel rates are rising after travel resumes in force this summer. A room at the Annex Hotel in Toronto cost an average of $250 before the pandemic. Now it’s $300. “We saw a healthy rebound in normal guest behavior in the second quarter as more people decided to head into town,” said Ryan Killeen, COO […]]]>

Hotel rates are rising after travel resumes in force this summer.

A room at the Annex Hotel in Toronto cost an average of $250 before the pandemic. Now it’s $300.

“We saw a healthy rebound in normal guest behavior in the second quarter as more people decided to head into town,” said Ryan Killeen, COO of the Annex, a property of charm on Brunswick Avenue. “We have 24 rooms and are operating at nearly 100% occupancy until October.”

He said bookings picked up in March 2022 and remained stable.

“We just set the price based on the market situation. Right now, most hotels charge $100 to $200 more per night,” Killeen said. “Some of our rooms cost $400. We don’t measure prices, we market ourselves accordingly. »

Rising prices are contributing to the hotel revenue forecast for 2023.

In Canada, June and July saw revenue per available room – a key indicator of hotel performance that divides average daily rate by occupancy rate – surpass 2019 levels, and August is expected to follow, according to a recent report by CBRE Canada, a commercial real estate services and investment company.

CBRE forecasts national income per available room to reach $97 by the end of 2022, just below the 2019 national average of $106. Going forward, by 2023, Toronto will reach $129 per room, up significantly from $114 in 2022.

Travel rebounded amid easing restrictions largely driven by leisure travel, particularly from domestic and US visitors, and the restart of festivals and events such as Pride, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Canadian National Exhibition,” said Nicole Nguyen, senior director of CBRE’s Hospitality Division.

“Operators have seen very high volumes of people returning to travel and downtown Toronto has seen incredible rate growth,” she said.

The average daily rate has also risen this year to keep up with inflation and the rising cost of goods and services, said Wayne Smith, acting director of hospitality and tourism management at the Ted Rogers School of Management.

“Wages have risen significantly to keep pace with market demand and the cost of doing business has risen significantly,” he said. “Hotels are emerging from two years of very little activity. With little savings and skyrocketing prices, rates will rise.

Quebec is expected to lead the hotel recovery in Eastern Canada with rate and occupancy gains of 17% in 2023. Ontario growth is expected to be a more modest 9%, but with significant tourism growth expected in Niagara Falls at 19% per year. over the year.

While leisure travelers helped boost Canadian hotel occupancy over the summer, international, corporate and group (conference) travel has been slower to return. Markets that rely on business travel, including Toronto, continue to face challenges, the report notes.

“Rates are higher, which is why revenue looks so positive, but occupancy is still below pre-pandemic levels in Toronto,” said Andrew Weir, executive vice president of Destination Toronto. In 2019, hotels in the city had an occupancy rate of 74%, which is expected to stabilize at 68% in 2023, notes CBRE.

Lectures have also returned after two years, but many are postponed from dates in 2020 and 2021, meaning it’s a delayed reaction, he said.

“We are attending postponed conferences. In the coming years, we may see a gap because many people have not booked spaces and accommodations during the pandemic,” Weir said, adding that conferences are booked years in advance.

International travel has also plummeted, as Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate and random testing at the border are still a deterrent to many wishing to visit the country. These restrictions are expected to be lifted at the end of this month. And some countries still have restrictions on foreign travel, such as China, which does not allow citizens to travel abroad for non-essential reasons.

In 2019, China was the biggest international market except for the United States, which came to Toronto with 300,000 visitors, Weir said. “Right now, we have hardly any visitors from China. It’s hard to invent. We won’t get these numbers just from domestic travel,” he added.

The report is optimistic that demand will continue to rise and rates will recover in urban and rural destinations, but for cities like Toronto, business and international travel are key to the economic recovery of the hotel sector. .

Killeen predicts hotel rates will stabilize as room costs right now “feel a little inflated,” but high rates are helping to offset pandemic-related losses.

“We are seeing an increase in income, while at the same time inflation has driven up costs,” he said. “Like any business, you have to ride the wave and adjust costs to compete with the market and right now that means higher rates. Whether it’s sustainable is another story.

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Strong regional tourism with the boom in reservations and the list of hotels https://tribunetower.info/strong-regional-tourism-with-the-boom-in-reservations-and-the-list-of-hotels/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 05:33:06 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/strong-regional-tourism-with-the-boom-in-reservations-and-the-list-of-hotels/ Quality Hotel Lighthouse in Bunbury listed Choice Hotels Asia Pacific reported higher occupancy than pre-pandemic levels Demand is expected to hold until the end of the year The regional hotel sector is doing admirably well as travel continues to pick up. Choice Hotels Asia Pacific reported an increase in bookings and loyalty program members for […]]]>
  • Quality Hotel Lighthouse in Bunbury listed
  • Choice Hotels Asia Pacific reported higher occupancy than pre-pandemic levels
  • Demand is expected to hold until the end of the year

The regional hotel sector is doing admirably well as travel continues to pick up.

Choice Hotels Asia Pacific reported an increase in bookings and loyalty program members for the second quarter, and CBRE listed a hotel in Bunbury following the recent opening of Busselton-Margaret River Airport.

Bookings above pre-pandemic levels

Choice Hotels reported a major increase in bookings, with the company reporting for the second quarter of 2022 that its direct online bookings were up 38% over the same period in 2021 and 155% over the same period in 2019.

Choice Hotels Asia-Pac CEO Trent Fraser said the traditional seasonal downturn over the winter months hasn’t happened this year. Bookings through July and August showed no signs of slowing down, he said.

“Australian second quarter occupancy rates are 15 percentage points higher than 2019 levels. This is a significant gain from pre-pandemic business conditions and bucks early winter downturns. known in the past. »

Trent Fraser, CEO of Choice Hotels Asia-Pacific

“Choice Hotels Asia-Pac properties in New Zealand have been slower to return to normal, with occupancy levels returning to just above pre-pandemic levels during the second quarter,” it said. -he declares.

One of the factors driving occupancy in urban metro markets is the construction boom, providing a steady stream of blue-collar bookings looking for apartment accommodation while commuting to work.

“Our Quality and Comfort brands are a perfect fit for this market, offering space to work and relax, with superb locations that allow customers easy access to workplaces and a range of dining options. Having access to kitchen facilities is important for this group that works away from home,” Fraser said.

The company also saw the loyalty program reach 500,000 members, with 25,000 new members joining in the year to June.

Bunbury Lighthouse Beach Hotel

Formerly known as Lighthouse Beach Resort, the Quality Hotel Lighthouse in Bunbury has been listed by CBRE. The hotel is located approximately one hour north of the new Busselton-Margaret River Airport.

Situated on a one-acre site in Bunbury, the 71-suite hotel includes functional facilities, an indoor swimming pool, sauna and spa, guest laundry, restaurant and bar.

“A new owner could easily integrate this property into their existing portfolio and continue to operate under existing long-term management, or an experienced owner-operator could take a more hands-on approach and maximize future profitability,” said CBRE’s Ryan McGinnity.

“With the added benefit of recent extensive refurbishments including reception, reception facilities, restaurant and bar and 65 of the 71 bedrooms, leaving little to no capital outlay required for new ownership.”

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Residents express their disbelief at the inauguration of a five-star hotel by Governor Ayade on September 14 https://tribunetower.info/residents-express-their-disbelief-at-the-inauguration-of-a-five-star-hotel-by-governor-ayade-on-september-14/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 12:43:12 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/residents-express-their-disbelief-at-the-inauguration-of-a-five-star-hotel-by-governor-ayade-on-september-14/ Less than two weeks after a momentous groundbreaking ceremony for Calabar’s first five-star hotel awaited by Cross River State Governor Benedict Ayade in Calabar, residents have expressed their disbelief and uncertainty over the actualization of the project. The disbelief and uncertainty expressed by residents is mostly attributed to the stipulated completion time of the project, […]]]>

Less than two weeks after a momentous groundbreaking ceremony for Calabar’s first five-star hotel awaited by Cross River State Governor Benedict Ayade in Calabar, residents have expressed their disbelief and uncertainty over the actualization of the project.

The disbelief and uncertainty expressed by residents is mostly attributed to the stipulated completion time of the project, with Governor Ayade mentioning in his remarks a seven-month completion time for the project.

The 5-star resort is approved for location along the Murtala Muhammed Calabar highway and is an investment by Indigo Hotels, owned by Mr. Manoj Jagtiani, a Sri Lankan investor.

According to Governor Ayade at the groundbreaking event, “This hotel brings something very special. We cannot say that Cross River and indeed Calabar is the center of tourism in Nigeria when indeed we do not even have a hotel that we can identify as a five star hotel for guests.

“A lot of investors will start looking for where to sleep. I have a special regard for my dear friend, Mr. Jagtiani, who found it necessary to invest in Cross River State. This hotel is something iconic and defines Calabar as an iconic, beautiful and exceptional city”.

However, some residents doubt that the inauguration of the works was only a demonstration.

“I am Johnson Okokon, I am sick and fed up with the many groundbreaking works we have had since 2015. President Buhari has yet to come to commission the highway and the Bakassi Deep Seaport, on which he carried out a huge project in 2015. So what difference will this hotel project be? It’s just a show-off, I don’t believe in the certainty of this mockery, “remarked the respondent.

Similarly, a hotel manager, Ms. Augustina Ejike, felt that Governor Ayade, on her part, had done little for the hospitality industry, matching words with deeds.

“I don’t like listening to the governor most of the time because he hasn’t proven his ability to speak for the hospitality industry since he took office,” Ejike said.

Furthermore, a lawyer, Christian Edikemfon, said: “Unfortunately, he (the governor) has indirectly devalued the same hotel and tourism sectors that he tried to promote.

“Previously, Cross River was booming in tourism and hospitality. haven’t we done it all without 5 star hotels? You see, when a man drowns, he will blame even the dead leaves on the waters,” he argued.

A university professor, Dr. Adams Unimke is of the opinion that “His Excellency Benedict Ayade is not ready to grow Cross River, let everyone turn their minds away from their government, he is taking the state to nowhere” .

Meanwhile, according to the seven-month period mentioned by the governor, the hotel should be completed by April 2023, before the inauguration of the next administration.

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Company loses bid to recover payment from Dubai hotel fire https://tribunetower.info/company-loses-bid-to-recover-payment-from-dubai-hotel-fire/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 11:41:32 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/company-loses-bid-to-recover-payment-from-dubai-hotel-fire/ DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – An insurance company that was ordered to pay more than 1 billion dirhams in damages for a 2015 New Year’s Eve fire in Dubai has lost a lawsuit it filed to try to recover the money. Two years after the massive fire that rocked the Address Downtown hotel, Orient Insurance […]]]>

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – An insurance company that was ordered to pay more than 1 billion dirhams in damages for a 2015 New Year’s Eve fire in Dubai has lost a lawsuit it filed to try to recover the money.

Two years after the massive fire that rocked the Address Downtown hotel, Orient Insurance has been ordered to pay Dubai state-backed developer Emaar 1.25 billion dirhams (more than $340 million) in within the framework of a settlement. Emaar is behind projects like the tallest skyscraper in the world, the Burj Khalifa.

Orient then filed a civil lawsuit in 2018 against the contractors who worked on the design, construction and maintenance of the hotel. He said they failed to implement fire safety requirements, contributing to the spread of the fire.

Orient Insurance asked the contractors to reimburse the insurance claim it had paid to Emaar. The case involved leading contractors including Belhasa JV, Arabtec, Mirage and ALEC Engineering and Construction.

Court documents show a seven-member panel of experts concluded the fire was caused by an electrical short to a projector. He also said there was no conclusive evidence to show that there were any technical errors or breaches by the defendants, and that the building’s cladding could have contributed to the spread of the fire but did not was not the cause.

“The report confirmed our client’s position that he had properly constructed the work he was commissioned to build,” said Mohamed ElGhatit, a lawyer representing state-owned company ALEC Engineering and Construction.

Dramatic fires have hit skyscrapers in Dubai and other cities in the United Arab Emirates in recent years. Construction and safety experts have cited a popular type of coating covering buildings that can be highly flammable. Authorities say they have changed fire safety rules in the emirate to deal with the danger.

The court’s decision against Orient came last week.

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Plan for new hotel in Duluth Heights rattles rural neighbors – Duluth News Tribune https://tribunetower.info/plan-for-new-hotel-in-duluth-heights-rattles-rural-neighbors-duluth-news-tribune/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 13:43:00 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/plan-for-new-hotel-in-duluth-heights-rattles-rural-neighbors-duluth-news-tribune/ DULUTH — Plans for a new 168-room hotel just east of Kohl’s have been put on hold for the time being. Earlier this week, the Duluth Planning Commission voted 6-0 to file an action on a review of the plan for the proposed four-story hotel on the corner of Sundby Road and West Page Street, […]]]>

DULUTH — Plans for a new 168-room hotel just east of Kohl’s have been put on hold for the time being.

Earlier this week, the Duluth Planning Commission voted 6-0 to file an action on a review of the plan for the proposed four-story hotel on the corner of Sundby Road and West Page Street, after hearing a number of concerns from neighbors regarding the impact the development might have on the surrounding rural community.

Ben Fye, who lives opposite the site of the future hotel, has expressed fears that the development will encroach on his family’s privacy. “The plans call for a 51-foot-tall building, and I’m afraid those hotel windows will look directly into my home and my family,” he said.

Fye noted that although the site of the proposed development is zoned commercial-mixed-use, making it a seemingly acceptable place to build a hotel, his property next door is zoned rural-residential.

Jo Haubrich lives on West Morgan Street and said that since hotels began to sprawl in what used to be a quiet residential part of town, “We’re seeing through traffic from Swan Lake Road in Yosemite to Page increasing. exponentially. It’s just gonna completely change the neighborhood. La Quinta’s already done that. There’s already four hotels within a mile radius and now, if you put that in our backyard, it’ll do a difference,” she said, asking the city to conduct an impact study “before destroying a neighborhood like this.”

But municipal planning staff have recommended that the Planning Commission approve the hotel project, which is consistent with the property’s long-standing commercial zoning due to its proximity to the commercial corridor that runs along the Miller Trunk Highway. , noted Adam Fulton, deputy director of planning and economics of Duluth. development hub.

City planner Chris Lee said Duluth does not typically conduct impact studies for projects of the magnitude of the proposed development.

The hotel is offered by Kinseth Hospitality Companies, headquartered in Coralville, Iowa. The same company already owns and operates another hotel in Duluth, Tru by Hilton at 503 Clearwood Drive. Kinseth is an established name in the hospitality industry, with more than 100 hotels already in its national portfolio and more than 2,700 employees on its payroll, according to its website.

The name of the newly proposed Duluth Hotel was not disclosed in a planning staff report. But an architectural drawing that depicts the building’s proposed elevation showed it operated under a “Townplace Suites by Marriott” flag.

A resident questioned plans to build an additional hotel in the area and asked if the city had tried to assess this need.

Fulton said that would be beyond the planning department’s purview.

“In my opinion, if a developer proposes to build a hotel, there is probably a demand for a hotel. We haven’t done any market analysis,” he said.

Tricia Hobbs, senior economic developer for Duluth, spoke favorably of the project and the role it could play in further promoting Duluth as a tourist destination.

“The city supports this new economic development,” she said, noting that 2022 “saw strong hotel occupancy, with an increase in multi-night stays.”

“We look forward to continuing to support the lodging community in the months and years to come as Duluth’s tourism continues to strengthen,” said Hobbs.

Joyce Alworth, a resident of nearby Yosemite Avenue since 1984, said, “I’ve seen huge changes with the existing hotels that have been added.” She highlighted the increase in traffic and noise in particular.

“I feel a lot less safe than I do,” Alworth said. “It pains me and makes me very sad that they have the power to put a hotel in this commercial district, but I disagree that it is the right thing to do.”

Planning commissioner Gary Eckenberg said: “There will always be comments that 38 years is a long time to hope everything will stay as we found it. That’s how we feel when change happens in any neighborhood. But my main concern is the applicant is not here tonight to hear all the comments people are making about this major change that everyone should be living with.”

Eckenberg said he was disappointed that a Kinseth representative did not choose to attend Tuesday’s public meeting to address many neighbors’ concerns about the project, even though Northland Consulting Engineers, a company retained by the potential developer , was on hand to answer some questions.

Kinseth’s director of construction and development, Aaron Mailey, did not respond to a News Tribune request for comment.

To give the potential developer more time to address residents’ concerns, Eckenberg offered to drop the question. His motion was seconded and unanimously approved, meaning the issue will likely be back before the Planning Commission when it next meets on October 11.

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The height of the Casino hotel under study | New https://tribunetower.info/the-height-of-the-casino-hotel-under-study-new/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 02:30:00 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/the-height-of-the-casino-hotel-under-study-new/ The height of a new hotel, part of Churchill Downs Inc.’s Queen of Terre Haute Resort Casino, is again under review by the Federal Aviation Administration. A potential solution includes reducing the height of the building for the hotel and attaching air navigation warning lights to the top of the structure. The issue concerns the […]]]>

The height of a new hotel, part of Churchill Downs Inc.’s Queen of Terre Haute Resort Casino, is again under review by the Federal Aviation Administration.

A potential solution includes reducing the height of the building for the hotel and attaching air navigation warning lights to the top of the structure.

The issue concerns the height of a flight path approach to Terre Haute Regional Airport above a 150ft building originally proposed for the hotel-casino, along Margaret Avenue near the intersection from US40/Indiana 46 and an exit/entrance ramp for Interstate 70.

The majority of aircraft going to the airport use an instrument landing system which gives an accurate flight path and elevation to land at the airport. However, a small number of aircraft use what is known as the RNAV GPS 5 approach to land.

RNAV requires a different flight approach height and procedure to the airport. The impact on the airport is an expansion of the visibility required of pilots in the airport using this GPS approach, airport officials said Wednesday.

“The FAA has approved [the height] in March and then they disapproved of it, so I feel like we have to see what the FAA determines,” Rick Burger, chairman of the airport’s board of directors, said Wednesday.

The airport board met in executive session with Churchill Downs on Monday to receive briefings on the impact.

Monica Newhouse-Rodriguez, chief executive of Newhouse and Associates, LLC, which consults for the airport, said the FAA approved the original casino design in late March, including a 150-foot-tall building for a hotel, as well than a 200- foot tall crane.

However, a change in casino design has moved the hotel.

Churchill Downs then filed another notice, called Form 7460, with the FAA about his design.

This time, the FAA flagged the project with a flight hazard.

Churchill Downs then planned to return to the location of his original hotel; however, the FAA said a danger still existed, Newhouse-Rodriguez said.

An analysis was then carried out to determine what this really means for the airport, Newhouse-Rodriguez said.

Five years of weather data was analyzed “and it boiled down to a number of hours or 0.2% of the time where it would have even made a difference. That’s not to say that anyone has used this flight procedure, because that really isn’t the most accurate,” she said.

“Let’s be honest, do we want to lose something [in flight procedures] — absolutely not,” Newhouse-Rodriguez said of the airport. “Has the FAA stumbled upon this? 100%,” Monica said. “Our approach now is that we have to look at what the final decision is” from the FAA.

In response, the FAA said no final decision had been made.

Although the FAA does not issue permits, it assesses possible obstacles to aircraft flight paths.

“The evaluation regarding the casino building has not resulted in a final decision,” the FAA said in a statement sent to the Tribune-Star. “The FAA does not have the authority to limit building heights or halt construction. By law, developers must give the FAA the ability to evaluate proposed structures near airports to determine if they could pose a hazard to aircraft or interfere with navigational aids. After the assessment is completed, construction decisions are made by local governments.”

Proposed solution

Churchill Downs told airport officials on Monday that the company would certify the height of the building when completed and that it would likely not exceed 141 feet for the building, Newhouse-Rodriguez said.

“They [Churchill Downs] agreed to certify the height once it is completed, a height certification from an engineer, who then helps the FAA design a better flight procedure to avoid and reduce some of the increase in minimum requirements [such as visibility distance]“, said Monique.

Churchill Downs also agreed to provide “obstructing lighting on the building. This is an air navigation light which flashes white and red, in case of danger to air navigation”, she said. declared.

The measure brings to the fore the need to improve land use zoning around the airport, Burger said. The airport has been working on a new zoning overlay for the airport, which is expected to be submitted to the Vigo County Area Planning Commission in October. It will also pass in front of the town hall of Terre Haute.

Land use is not a decision made by the airport or the FAA, Newhouse-Rodriguez said.

“That’s one of the reasons why we need this airport [zoning] overlay from the strategic plan. The county has very good land use regulations, but it’s dated and the language has changed, but the city has nothing that protects the airport,” she said.

Tonya Abeln, vice president of communications for Churchill Downs Inc., said the company is “currently awaiting the final decision from the FAA. As always, we look forward to working with local authorities in the best interests of the project and all community stakeholders. .”

Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached at 812-231-4204 or howard.greninger@tribstar.com. Follow on Twitter @TribStarHoward.

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San Diego housing officials to relaunch assessment of hotels they suspended last year https://tribunetower.info/san-diego-housing-officials-to-relaunch-assessment-of-hotels-they-suspended-last-year/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 20:05:30 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/san-diego-housing-officials-to-relaunch-assessment-of-hotels-they-suspended-last-year/ The San Diego Housing Commission will initiate an appraisal for a hotel the city purchased in 2020, it told Mayor Todd Gloria and city council members on Tuesday, saying a settlement brokered by the district attorney city, Mara Elliott, left key questions unanswered. According to a letter from the two commissioners to San Diego’s elected […]]]>

The San Diego Housing Commission will initiate an appraisal for a hotel the city purchased in 2020, it told Mayor Todd Gloria and city council members on Tuesday, saying a settlement brokered by the district attorney city, Mara Elliott, left key questions unanswered.

According to a letter from the two commissioners to San Diego’s elected officials, the review of the sale price of the Hotel Circle property began last year, after the San Diego Union-Tribune revealed that the valuation on which the commission s supported for the $67 million purchase was based on a pre-pandemic assessment.

Hotel values ​​plummeted in early 2020 as COVID-19 spread around the world and forced people to stay home. An expert told the newspaper that the city may have overpaid for the property by up to 40%.

The letter was sent a day after the city council ratified a settlement negotiated by Elliott for the past year and more.

The correspondence said it was important for an independent appraiser to complete the appraisal, because the settlement reached by the city attorney’s office was only for the excessive fees paid to the broker – not the purchase price of the property. ‘hotel.

“These units will remain permanent affordable rental housing for at least 55 years,” states the letter signed by commission chair Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell and vice chair Ryan Clumpner. “In addition, they support the Community Homelessness Action Plan for the City of San Diego by providing additional permanent solutions to address housing needs identified by the plan.”

But commission officials also noted that the review by the city attorney’s office did not address key aspects of the purchases.

“However, questions remain about the valuation and purchase price of the Hotel Circle property,” Mitchell and Clumpner wrote. “Therefore, a new valuation and a valuation of the previous valuation of this property will help address these issues and support SDHC’s core value of transparency and being good financial stewards.”

Neither the mayor’s office nor council chairman Sean Elo-Rivera’s office responded to a request for comment on the commission’s letter.

When Elliott announced the lawsuit 13 months ago, she didn’t focus on allegations that the city overpaid for the Hotel Circle property. Instead, she accused the defendants of violating state anti-corruption rules, though the settlement does not address those charges.

This week, the city attorney’s office said it encourages the commission to pursue any review it deems necessary to protect the public interest.

A spokeswoman for Elliott said all council members and housing commissioners were aware of the scope of her lawsuit. She also said commissioners should take responsibility for their own decisions.

“Nothing that our office has assumed responsibility for the operations of SDHC or relieved the SDHC Board of Commissioners of its fiduciary duty to do whatever it deemed necessary to remedy alleged deficiencies in its review or procedures,” said spokeswoman Leslie Wolf Branscomb via email.

Elliott announced last month that it had reached an agreement with realtor Kidder Mathews and agent Jim Neil regarding the city’s 2020 acquisition of the 192-room Residence Inn on Hotel Circle in Mission Valley.

The city attorney’s office says Neil improperly purchased 40,000 shares of the company that owned the hotel he recommended the city acquire, an investment that wrongfully earned him $350,000 or more.

He also received $502,000 in commission from the sale of the hotel and nearly $600,000 in fees for his work on the city’s purchase of another Residence Inn in Kearny Mesa for $39.5 million. , Elliott announced in its press release.

The agent and brokerage said they had done nothing wrong and agreed to the settlement because it would have been more expensive to litigate the claim.

The settlement, which Elliott announced without first notifying the city council, required Neil and Kidder Mathews to repay $1 million – $845,000 to the housing commission and $155,000 to the city.

The city attorney’s Aug. 4 press release announcing the settlement drew heated comments at Monday’s council meeting, when council members formally approved the deal.

Some board members said they would have appreciated hearing about the deal before it was announced publicly. Elliott said she did the right thing and the board treated her differently than her male predecessors.

“The rules that have been applied to me are very different from those of my predecessors,” she said at Monday’s meeting. “And I note for the record that I am the first woman to hold this position.”

According to Mitchell and Clumpner’s letter, the commission ended its external assessment of the Hotel Circle property only after the commissioners escalated the issue to the City Housing Authority, which oversees the commission as a city council.

Council members then ordered the city attorney’s office to take legal action against Neil and Kidder Mathews.

“At that time, SDHC no longer had the authority to obtain an assessment of the previous assessment and ceased obtaining the new assessment,” the two commissioners wrote in their letter.

“Out of respect for legal process and to avoid interfering with ongoing litigation related to this property, SDHC has not pursued the re-appraisal and previous appraisal at this time.”

Mitchell and Clumpner said they expected the legal review to include an analysis of the commission’s valuation and agreed-upon purchase price, and that they only recently learned of the legal strategy of the city ​​attorney.

“The SDHC Board of Commissioners recently learned that the actual scope of the investigation that the City Attorney’s Office determined was necessary for purposes of litigation focused solely on the broker’s contribution or lack of contribution to the ‘assessment,’ they wrote.

Additionally, “the city attorney’s office determined that the broker’s actions did not affect the assessment or value of the property,” they said. “SDHC will now proceed with its original intention to obtain a new valuation and assess the previous valuation.”

Elliott’s office said housing officials could have done their assessment last year.

“We disagree that ‘SDHC no longer had the authority to obtain a rating from the previous rating’ and we don’t know where they got that impression from,” the door said. -word Wolf Branscomb.

“The questions they raise could have been asked before they voted,” she added. Nevertheless, “we look forward to seeing the results of their review.”

The valuation of the property is expected to be completed later this year.

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Bomb hoax sparks panic at The Leela Ambience hotel in Gurugram : The Tribune India https://tribunetower.info/bomb-hoax-sparks-panic-at-the-leela-ambience-hotel-in-gurugram-the-tribune-india/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 12:36:00 +0000 https://tribunetower.info/bomb-hoax-sparks-panic-at-the-leela-ambience-hotel-in-gurugram-the-tribune-india/ Our correspondent Sanjay Yadav Gurugram, September 13 A bomb hoax sparked panic at the Leela Ambience Hotel in Gurugram on Tuesday. According to sources, a call from an unidentified caller was received on the hotel’s landline number around 11:35 a.m. The caller in his 15 second call said a bomb had been planted […]]]>


Our correspondent

Sanjay Yadav

Gurugram, September 13

A bomb hoax sparked panic at the Leela Ambience Hotel in Gurugram on Tuesday.

According to sources, a call from an unidentified caller was received on the hotel’s landline number around 11:35 a.m. The caller in his 15 second call said a bomb had been planted in the hotel. Hotel staff informed the police and security agencies.

Staff and guests of The Leela Ambience hotel stand outside as the bomb squad search the hotel premises. Photo from the gallery: S Chandan


The hotel was evacuated and staff members and guests stood in front of the hotel as the bomb squad, along with local police and canine squad, searched the hotel premises.

Staff and guests of the Leela Ambience Hotel stand outside as the bomb squad search the hotel premises. Photo from the podium: S Chandan

A police official said the call was made via a mobile phone and was turned off shortly after the call.

The caller was identified as a 24 year old mental patient. He suffers from autism spectrum disorder and is undergoing treatment in a sector 47 psychiatric hospital here, Gurugram police said.

After a search that lasted over an hour and a half, police found nothing suspicious and said the threatening call was a hoax.

“Nothing suspicious was found on the hotel premises and the call made by a mentally ill person was a hoax. An FIR is being filed against the caller and further action will be taken in accordance with the law,” said Virender Vij, DCP (east).

#gurugram

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