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|Study to Determine Feasibility of "Boutique Hotel" in Former Galesburg Building
|The City of Galesburg thinks it might have a pretty good opportunity on its hands to get rid of a property it purchased last year, but put it to good use.
The City Council Monday night voted to enter into an agreement that will result in the development of a study to see if the former Ferris Moving and Storage building on Mulberry Street can be converted into what is being termed a "boutique hotel."
City Manager Dane Bragg says the hope is that a boutique hotel wouldn't cut into the business of the city's other hotels or bed and breakfast facilities. "We didn't want to create any type of product that was going to compete with the bed and breakfast product, and not to their detriment," Bragg said. "Likewise, we talked with (Chicago-based Applied Real Estate Analysis, Inc.) about the concept of a hotel conference center, and recognizing that we have a substantial hotel conference center at the Best Western (Prairie Inn), we want to make sure that we position a product that isn't competing with them."
Bragg says the firm doing the study will meet with local tourism officials, members of the Galesburg Downtown Council, Knox College, and others. City officials think such a hotel would easily serve Knox, the Carl Sandburg Birthplace, and a potential National Railroad Hall of Fame.
The city purchased the Ferris Moving and Storage building last year, and city officials say some repairs have been made to it since.
(The former Ferris Moving and Storage Building, located inbetween the Packinghouse and Discovery Depot on Mulberry Street in Galesburg. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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