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Hotel Monroe, Now Monroe Hilton Garden Inn, in Permitting Process

By Eric Jay Toll for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

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Long-awaited action on the old Hotel Monroe is moving to the permitting stage. The long-vacant art deco building, 15 E. Monroe St., in downtown Phoenix is being renamed Monroe Hilton Garden Inn and readied for its building permit and renovation. The design calls for 176 rooms (“keys” as the hoteliers like to say).

Elness Swenson Graham Architects, Minneapolis, Minnesota, is design lead, with DPA Architects on the local assignment. Ryan Companies U.S. is the GC for the reconstruction of the interior and conversion of the abandoned office building into a modern hotel.

Currently the plans are going through the pre-application submittal process with Phoenix. The review team is slated to go over the plans Wednesday, July 30. Owner CSM Corporation hoped to have the property ready for the Super Bowl in February 2015, but that completion date seems unlikely with this late a start.

The developers plan to enhance the Monroe Street landscape with trees and a concrete drop off aisle at the main entrance.

CSM acquired the building late last year, a finally successful action after more than a year of failed attempts by previous bidders for the foreclosed property. It was the last asset held by ML Managers LLC, the receiver of the bankrupt Mortgages Limited distressed properties.