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Status of historic Tygart Hotel renovation project discussed

Submitted photo Woodlands Executive Director Dave Clark, Taylor Hospitality’s Sean Taylor, and lead architect Michael Mills discuss the Tygart Hotel project with interested parties.

ELKINS — After purchasing the Tygart Hotel in 2017, the Woodlands Development Group came up with a plan to restore the historic building and turn it into a boutique hotel.

Soon after the purchase, Woodlands began renovating the six-story building early in 2018. Since then, while pursuing financing and funding, the project lagged. The project took a big step forward last week, however, when a group gathered at the hotel to discuss ideas and hopes for Elkins’ largest residential building.

Local business owners, nonprofit organization leaders, and government officials gathered at the Tygart Hotel to go over the current status of the rehabilitation of the building, which was built in 1907.

The proposed makeover is driven by loans and investment from the state and local banks, including Davis Trust Company, Freedom Bank and Pendleton Community Bank. Led by Woodlands, the $16 million project will result in a facility that will serve families, institutions, and the tourism in the region, a Woodlands press release states.

Woodlands Executive Director Dave Clark projects that financing for the project will be complete by the end of 2021 and anticipates that an 18-month construction period will get under way in early 2022. Some of the construction has already begun, as crews have removed fittings, furniture and debris from the building’s recent use as an apartment complex.

Once completed, the proposed redesign will attempt to capture the beauty and character of the old structure and the Elkins region today. The project will also look to preserve stories and mementos from the Tygart Hotel’s long history, the release reads.

Mills Group, which is the project’s architect, took part in last week’s meeting and presented some of its current plans and ideas for the interior design. The group, which is based out of Morgantown, is collecting feedback and insights from the community.

Once the project is complete, Taylor Hospitality will take over operations of the hotel. Taylor Hospitality is based out of Lexington, Virginia and is a leading regional hospitality management company. Its CEO, Sean Taylor, told those on hand last week that his company “won’t market the hotel, they will market the town.”

Woodlands Development Group, which is a nonprofit organization and a certified Community Housing Development Organization, purchased the Davis Avenue property for $700,000.

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