By Joyce Lobeck for the Yuma Sun
New life may be coming at last to a dilapidated hotel once considered the downtown’s jewel but for many years has sat abandoned.
A Transportation, Community and System Preservation grant has been received to fund some initial planning and design work for the Hotel Del Sol, long seen as the community’s future transportation center, announced City Administrator Greg Wilkinson.
The grant is for $144,000, not a lot of money but it provides a beginning, he said. And he’s hopeful there will be further federal transit funding available for the project in the future.
He said there’s also interest by private investors.
The likely design would have Amtrak and bus ticket sales for local service as well as Greyhound, on the first floor, and possibly offices and apartments on the second and third floors.
The project will benefit as well from a Brownfield grant of $400,000 the city received earlier from the Environmental Protection Agency. That grant money will be used to assess and clean up “brownfield” or contaminated sites in the Historic North End, including the area around the Del Sol, as part of the ongoing downtown redevelopment efforts.
When the Del Sol opened in 1926, it was hailed by the Daily Sun for its beauty and innovation, being the first hotel of its kind in Yuma. In contrast to the few existing Old West-styled inns, the Del Sol — originally called the Del Ming after its principal owner — was a 70-room resort boasting modern light fixtures and opulent Spanish Colonial decor.
The city also owns two parcels next to the hotel. One is a concrete area where buses used to pull in when the hotel was a Greyhound stop. The other is the former ALSCO property, which the city uses for storage by the Yuma Police Department but may eventually convert to parking, Wilkinson said.
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