The developers say they plan to revive and reopen a Mississippi hotel that was built in 1927 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The groundwork for the renovation of the Eola Hotel in downtown Natchez is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2022, the Democratic Natchez reported.
The project is called Project Phoenix, a symbol of the once popular luxury hotel “rising from the ashes,” Mayor Dan Gibson said at a press conference Thursday.
Endeavor Corp. is the development group behind the project. Virginia attorney Robert Lubin bought the Eola in 2014 and retains partial ownership.
Hayes Dent is President of Public Strategies and a subsidiary of Endeavor. Dent said he and Endeavor owner Randy Roth worked with a major hotel chain to make the project possible, but did not name the chain.
The group has also partnered with Kevin Preston of the Magnolia Bluffs Casino & Hotel. Dickie Brennan, owner of Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse in New Orleans, will be in charge of catering operations in the new Eola.
The Eola was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The hotel reached its peak in the early 1930s, when Natchez began pilgrimage tours to pre-war homes. It ceased its activities as a hotel in 2014.