Historic Interstate Building downtown will be converted into a Holiday Inn Express

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Construction is expected to start soon on the conversion of a 100-year-old vacant downtown office building near the Sprint Center into a Holiday Inn Express.

Developer Mark Patel bought the Interstate Building at 417 E. 13th St. late last year from Matt Abbott. Patel said renovation work on the interior of the seven-story building should begin around the end of January. He is hoping for a December opening for what will be a 75-room hotel.

Patel said it will cost an estimated $9.5 million to renovate the property, which opened in 1915 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“We’ll restore the historical elements of the building, keeping the windows the same size and using the central staircase,” Patel said.

Kansas City-based Rosin Preservation is consulting on the historical aspects of the project, and BRR Architecture of Merriam has been hired for the overall design.

The building has six full floors and a seventh-floor penthouse.

“We’ll see if a rooftop patio is feasible,” Patel said.

The property, across from the Jackson County Courthouse, has 48 parking spaces behind the building.

“I love the building,” Patel said, noting its proximity to the Sprint Center, the Power & Light District and the government office corridor. “The structure and size of the property fits our (strengths).”

Holiday Inn Express caters to business, leisure and family travelers. Rooms average $139 to $169 a night, Patel said.

Patel said he expects to hire a management company to run both the Holiday Inn and a Hampton Inn he is planning to open in late May in the historic Gumbel Building at 801 Walnut St.

Renovation work on the six-story Gumbel Building, which opened in 1904, began last year. When completed, the Hampton Inn will have 74 rooms.

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