Media tour of historic Morton Hotel offers insight into future development
Caroline MacGregor April 1, 2014 | WGVU
Our tour of
the 13 story former Morton Hotel took us back in time, past ballrooms, check
room, a once popular barber shop, and old elevators signs still evident with original
detailed plaster work still intact.
views overlooking the former lobby brought to mind an opera setting, and another
is demolishing the entire interior structure of the Morton Hotel; this includes
the painstaking removal of asbestos and lead paint while respecting the
building’s historic value.
President of Real Estate Development for Rockford Construction, Mike Mraz, who
says the site was once home to the Hinsdell House Hotel back in 1835 and later the
National Hotel which burned down in 1855. The original Morton House was built
In 1874, the Morton Hotel opened and in 1922 was torn down to
make way for the New Morton Hotel.
also housed the Kent State Bank before it was the Old Kent Bank and an enormous
three foot thick vault on the building’s lower level.
the first market-rate apartments to be ready in the spring of 2015 with applications taken later this summer.
“to the city”
project, called The Morton, will launch its Facebook site, MortonGR
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