Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 19:34
Conversion to Motel 6 will be accompanied by year-long renovation
Saukvilleâ€™s Super 8 motel, the only lodging establishment in the village, has a new owner and will soon show off its new name.
Chandra Patel of Yogiraj LLC bought the motor inn at 180 S. Foster Dr. for just under $1.3 million in an online auction. It will be converted into a Motel 6.
Patel is also the owner of the Country Inn & Suites in Port Washington and the Silver Bell Motel in Hartford.
His family has run the Port inn since 2007.
â€śWe are local people who are committed to the community. People should be happy to know we are not outsiders,â€ť Patel said in explaining why he purchased the Saukville motel, located on the west side of the I-43 corridor.
He said the business will undergo a gradual transformation, with updating of carpeting, TVs, furnishings and paint taking place over the next year.
â€śThis is all part of a program and will be done in phases so we can remain open throughout the process,â€ť Patel said.
The yellow Super 8 signs will soon be replaced by blue Motel 6 signs. Those changes were approved by the village Plan Commission last week.
The two-story inn has 70 guest rooms, a meeting room, whirlpool spa and fitness area.
It was built in 1987.
Because the property is already zoned for highway shopping center use, no zoning change was needed for commission approval of the change of ownership.
The hotel is the only source of revenue for the Village of Saukvilleâ€™s 7% room tax. Most of the money collected from the tax is used to support community programs and causes.
Village officials estimated the tax will generate $37,000 in revenue this year, although the allocation of that money was put off in December until the sale of the business was completed.