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Developers Begin Renovations for Vandivort Boutique

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The demolition is over and the rebuilding begins for a boutique hotel in downtown Springfield.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The demolition is over and the rebuilding begins for a boutique hotel in downtown Springfield.

The historic Vandivort building will become the independent Hotel Vandivort by mid-2014. Cameras were allowed inside Wednesday for a groundbreaking event inside the building at 305 East Walnut St.

The project includes a complete renovation of the 107-year-old Masonic Temple building. It will become the first hotel located in the center of downtown in walking distance to shopping, dining and art.

"We just had passion for downtown and the redevelopment of downtown and we've looked for a need and we really felt like the hotel was the next big missing piece for downtown and that started us on our way," says owner and developer John McQueary. He and his brother Billy bought the building.

Architects, owners, designers, and other city leaders were on hand Wednesday to check out the plans for the building, which are described as a "play between historic and modern design." Engraved bricks featuring the groundbreaking date were also mortared into place.

The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Most recently it provided office and event space as the Vandivort Center.

When completed, McQueary says Hotel Vandivort will have 50 guest rooms including multiple suite options; a large "social lobby" with library, fireplace, restaurant/bar; meeting and event space including a grand ballroom; business center; and a fitness center.

Developers are planning for LEED certification at the Silver level.
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