Former Ramada Inn to become a Hilton DoubleTree
Posted: January 23, 2015
After a year of planning, demolition and discovery, the engineering and design plans are moving forward for The Lismore at 205 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire. The ownership group, Pablo Properties, which includes Zach Halmstad of JAMF Software, has worked with RSP Architects of Minneapolis on the design for the $16 million renovation of the former Ramada Inn & Convention Center.
"The building's structure is in great shape but almost everything else needs work. The extent of the renovation is driven by design consideration and the need to replace failed systems. Our goal is to create a first class experience for the people of Eau Claire as well as visitors to our community, and we're making a huge investment to ensure that we do it right," said Halmstad, who has contracted with Market & Johnson to demolish the interior and manage the construction project.
The Event Halls will be the first area of the property to be transformed by the addition of first-floor bathrooms and completely new décor that matches the design of the hotel. With a total of 13,800 square feet of event space, the new halls will offer the largest pair of event spaces adjacent to a hotel in the Eau Claire area.
"We anticipate a large clientele for meetings, weddings and other celebrations. We are already booking for the second half of 2015," said Jason Anderson, an event consultant at The Lismore.
Jason Mark, a consultant with Empirical Hotel Investments, has also been working on the project.
"We have been working closely with Hilton Worldwide and will be affiliating the hotel with the Double Tree Hotel brand…The property will greatly benefit from being part of one of the best reservation systems. Specifically, the property will be The Lismore Hotel, a DoubleTree by Hilton," said Mark.
When complete, The Lismore will include 112 guest rooms, including five king suites and two deluxe king suites.
In addition, the property will include a 100-seat restaurant with patio seating, a second floor bar with an outdoor terrace and a ground floor coffee shop. They will be managed by Terry Vajgrt and Paula Williams-Vajgrt, the former owners of The Creamery in Downsville,WI.
"We're rekindling our connections with local producers and foragers, as well as with local culinary and hospitality talent and recruiting nationally for open positions. Paula is consulting on the project and I'll be handling the human resources and general management of these outlets," said Terry Vajgrt.
Thus far, Market & Johnson has removed more than 111 tons of contaminated and non-recyclable materials from the site and have recycled 18.4 tons of metal, 360,000 of linear feet of electrical cabling and 6,300 yards of old carpet.TBL