Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Historic downtown Dallas tower will become Hampton Inn hotel

(Merriman Associates)
The 1700 Commerce building will become a Hampton Inn.
The  new owners of an historic downtown Dallas office building are seeking approvals to convert the tower into a hotel.
“We are very excited to welcome another quality hotel developer to downtown,” said John Crawford, CEO of Downtown Dallas Inc.   “They have an excellent track record and are committed to converting a  historic property that brings dollars, jobs  and assists us in creating more activity and vibrancy in addition to taking another empty building off the market.”
The owners are seeking approvals from the Landmark Commission to make exterior changes in the property. Proceedings are underway to designate the building as a Dallas historic landmark.
The 1700 Commerce Building was originally constructed as the Allen Building.
It was built by prominent Dallas attorney Arch C. Allen and was designed by architect James N. McCammon. The brick and stone office building cost about $1.5 million when it was new.
NewcrestImage owns and operates more than a dozen, with five properties under construction and more in planning stages. The company has new hotel developments in East Texas, the Houston area, Waco, Midland and Oklahoma City.
By Steve Brown Dallas Morning News  stevebrown@dallasnews.com