Work on $3.5 million downtown hotel overhaul begins

CREWS WORKED on the east side of the Holiday Inn Harborview in downtown Port Tuesday. Photo by Bill Schanen IV
Ozaukee Press staff

Work to transform the Holiday Inn Harborview to an independent, boutique-style hotel has begun in earnest.

So far, the most visible work has been done to the facade, which will get new trim, and in the parking lot, where crews are removing asphalt to create an area for footings to be poured for a new, street-level restaurant and bar, General Manager Cathy Wilger said.

The footings are expected to be poured in the next week, she said.

On Friday, Wilger said, more than 110 new windows will be delivered and they are expected to be installed in the coming weeks.

Inside the hotel, work on the new lobby is progressing as is work on the lower level, which was closed after flooding in late August, she said.

When completed, the lower level will feature two meetings rooms, a board room, new fitness center and restrooms.

In the next week, Wilger added, the main entrance to the hotel will be temporarily moved to the south side, where guests will enter through the patio.

“It’s going to get very interesting in the next two weeks,” she said. “If you think it’s kicked into high gear now, just wait.”

The hotel announced plans for the $3.5 million renovation in November, work that owner Eric Lund said will facilitate his decision to leave the Holiday Inn brand and become an independent hotel named the Harborview.

As part of the plan, the lobby is being enlarged and the entrance moved to provide a direct route from Grand Avenue.

The current carport is being enclosed to create a new bar and restaurant called the Beacon that will specialize in steaks and seafood as well as sandwiches and wraps, and it will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Wilger said. 

Because of the changes, the hotel will go from 96 rooms to 93 and the reconfigured parking lot will go from 94 stalls to 78.

Upgraded amenities will be added to the rooms as part of the renovations, Wilger said.

Lund said the bulk of the work will be completed by mid-May, in time for the busy summer tourist season in Port Washington, which kicks off on Memorial Day weekend and runs through October.

“The staff’s really excited. We’ve been waiting a while for this,” Wilger said, adding that guests have been understanding of the work and are anxious to see the changes. “Some days it’s a little loud, but it’s going to be really great. 

“I can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve seen. It’s going to be a whole new look, a new name and a new experience.”



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