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The 21c Museum Hotel in Lexington is Delayed But 'Not Dead'

September 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM | by | ()

We're total nerds for museum hotels and especially for the arty boutique chain 21c Museum Hotels (and their ceramic penguins) so we were quite looking forward to checking out their brand new Lexington, Kentucky property when it opened next year.

Well, looks like we will have to contain our excitement for just a little while longer, as opening date has been pushed back to 2015.

Speaking to the Lexington Herald-Leader, 21c's founder and CEO Steve Wilson said that the new hotel is has been delayed but is "definitely not dead."

Wilson and his wife, Laura Lee Brown, bought the 15-story First National Building on West Main Street to house the 80-room hotel, which would be 21c's fourth location. But, according to company president, Craig Greenberg, renovation has met with some challenges, and construction won't get going for another four months.

From the Lexington Herald-Leader:

"Urban development and historic redevelopment projects often take longer than expected, and we don't want to compromise on the quality of the 21c experience here in Lexington," Greenberg said. "But there have been some surprises."

Chiefly, "water intrusion in the basement that we didn't know about," Greenberg said.

The building also will need "a significant amount of environmental remediation," he said of substances including asbestos. Also, the multiple buildings of the site have floors at different levels, complicating how to merge them into one cohesive space.

In the meantime, construction has already begun on the slated-to-be-fifth (maybe now fourth) property in Durham, NC; but Wilson teased a few more locations.

"Someday there will be six hotels, then 10 hotels," Wilson said. "I'd love to do one in Havana." Whoa, pipe dreams! Let's just focus on getting #4 and #5 up first.

[Photo:Facebook/21c Hotels]

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