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JHM Hotels buys Crowne Plaza hotel; ‘top-to-bottom’ renovation planned

Charlotte’s Crowne Plaza hotel sold Wednesday to Greenville, S.C.-based JHM Hotels, which plans a major renovation of the property.

Charlotte Hospitality LCC, which is based in Michigan, sold the property, the hotel’s general manager, Bill Moore, told The Mecklenburg Times.

Moore said he was not aware of the purchase price for the 11-story, 193-room hotel at 201 S. McDowell St. The hotel also features 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

JHM plans a “top-to-bottom” renovation of the hotel, Moore said. The hotel’s flag will remain the same.

“The only thing that’s going to change is the hotel’s going to get a big renovation project starting in the next few months,” he said, adding that the renovation could take six months to complete.

Although he did not have a dollar figure for the renovation, he said it will be more extensive than the most recent renovation in the first quarter of 2007. At the time, the hotel was converted from a Best Western to the Crowne Plaza.

Moore said he did not know whether a contractor has been chosen for the project.

Charlotte Hospitality LCC is made of investors that are not based in Charlotte, he said, adding that the investors took ownership in October 2006.

The renovation, Moore said, will give Charlotte “another hotel of outstanding quality.”

Editor Deon Roberts can be reached at deon.roberts@mecktimes.com.

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