Two side-by-side Lincoln buildings are to undergo a major transformation that will bring a high-end boutique hotel, a restored ballroom and upgraded commercial space to an older pocket of the city’s downtown.
The $10 million project calls for three floors to be added to a vacant four-story building at 216 N. 11th St. That seven-story structure then would be called the Kindler Hotel and include about 38 hotel suites and an indoor and outdoor lounge and wine bar.
The neighboring Lincoln Commercial Club building, 200 N. 11th St., is to be updated, with Misty’s Restaurant continuing on the first floor and commercial space remodeled above it. The third-floor ballroom, with its 25-foot ceiling, would be restored and available for events including weddings of the hotel guests.
The Commercial Club’s fourth floor is foreseen as residential and hotel space, with a fifth floor possibly built later for housing.
Arizona-based Nicolas Castaneda, who is among three development teams working on the effort, said the site was appealing in part because key pieces already were in place. There’s a parking garage next to the future hotel and a building with a ballroom on the other side.
Plans call for the hotel and Commercial Club to tie together with new elevators and infrastructure. A skywalk across the alley would connect the hotel to the Que Place Parking Garage.
On top of that, Castaneda said, downtown Lincoln has looked more vibrant and happening since he began traveling back and forth some 14 years ago. His wife, Brooke, is a Lincoln native.
“It seems so much on the upswing,” said Castaneda. The couple’s Cas-Neb-neda LLC will develop and own the hotel.
Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler called the 11th and P Streets project important for reasons including its restoration of historic elements and attention to a pair of downtown’s older buildings. Each structure is more than a century old.
“It’s a great addition to the vibrant P Street retail corridor,” he said in a statement. “And it continues the momentum that is taking our downtown to an exciting new level.”
All three development teams have Lincoln connections.
The hotel is named for Brooke Castaneda’s dad, Lincoln artist Ken Kindler, who died in 2014. His artwork is to be incorporated into the hotel, which also will include the flair of a Beverly Hills designer.
Lincoln Commercial Club LLC will own and develop the lower level and first two floors of the neighboring building.
Don Campbell and Dana Walsh of San Francisco are developing its third and fourth floors. Campbell is the great-grandson of John E. Miller, founder of Lincoln’s Miller and Paine department store. Miller was president of the Lincoln Commercial Club when the building was completed in 1912.
If all goes as planned with government approvals, developers would start construction in the spring, with completion expected in the summer of 2018.