Iowa City considers returning hotel to building

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa City Council is considering renovating a century-old downtown building for use as a hotel.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports (http://icp-c.com/19GMbNz ) the council on Tuesday will consider hiring Nebraska based HDR Engineering for a little more than $50,000 to study the downtown building. Other groups would share in the cost.

The building opened as the Jefferson Hotel in 1913 and described itself in an advertisement as “Service first-class and quick. Popular prices. Neat as a pin.”

Council Member Terry Dickens, who owns a jewelry store in the building, says he sees potential of transforming the building in a boutique hotel.

The University of Iowa now uses upstairs space for offices.

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Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/

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