LOVELAND – McWhinney Real Estate Services Inc., along with two other, is developing five acres in a growing part of Salt Lake City. A McWhinney subsidiary raised $ 10.92 million for work in the city this month.
The plan follows McWhinney’s model of working with local parties, in this case the RL Group in Salt Lake City and Denver-based hospitality investor manager Sage Hospitality Resources LLC. McWhinney and Sage jointly developed the Maven Hotel in Denver’s Dairy Block and The Elizabeth in Old Town Fort Collins.
The RL Group purchased the 394-room Red Lion Hotel from Denver-based hotel chain RLH Corp. in November 2019 for $ 33 million, it said in trade magazines. The hotel parent company went into a larger one Focus on franchising its eight flags; it has about 900 locations. The RL Group is a consortium of investors led by Ron Heffernan, Justin Earl and Thomas Lee.
One of the two former hotel towers is to become 184 micro-apartments by the end of 2022. Facilities include a rooftop lounge on the 13th floor, a co-working space and a fitness center. The joint venture did not provide any information about the second tower or the remaining land.
Kirsty Greer, McWhinney’s senior vice president, said the overall result will be “an energetic mixed-use community in Salt Lake City’s historic Granary District.”
The Granary District is an older industrial area on the edge of downtown Salt Lake City. It has seen a lot of development lately as part of the state’s Opportunity Zone program, which provides tax breaks for investors.
This is McWhinney’s first Utah project; it will also convert part of downtown Provo to mixed use. It has developments in six states.
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