He said each unit will have a minimum of two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fireplace, and a balcony overlooking the Clark Fork River. Each unit will have access to two covered parking spaces as well as a storage space on the ground floor.
The residences will all have “high end” finishes, so even if people ask to upgrade some devices, there will be “nothing to upgrade”.
McDermid said he has met with city staff before about meeting the new standards of design excellence, and he doesn’t foresee any issues with that. He’s hired engineering and architectural firms as well as a law firm, and there’s even a concept video that shows what the building could look like.
“Although things are subject to change,” he said.
McDermid said the Holiday Inn is also in the final stages of renovations. First of all, a few rooms still need to be renovated, although many of them have already been the subject of work in recent years. The Brooks and Browns Restaurant and Bar will be renovated and the patio on the south side of the building will be expanded. McDermid noted that the city plans to spend millions to upgrade Caras and Bess Reed Parks, including wider trails and better river access points.
He said there is no definitive timeline for the project, but he hopes to begin the final phase of the ongoing renovation of the existing hotel in November.