Not So Fast on the Maharishi Hotel Re-Do

When we told you earlier this month about an alleged project to turn the dilapidated, abandoned downtown Days Inn into a sparkling new hotel, we included some skepticism.

Even though the developer said the project to turn the hotel, which for a while was owned by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, into a quality spot "has already been approved by Starwood Hotels and Resorts, which owns Sheraton," we couldn't get anyone at Starwood or Sheraton to confirm that.

And now we have someone at Starwood -- to unconfirm it.

"We have not approved that, we have not even looked at an application, nothing," Brent LeBlanc, V-P of development for Starwood and Sheraton in this area, tells Hair Balls.

LeBlanc said he would be the company contact who would approve any such venture.

He says he did meet with the developers once -- after being stood up twice -- but noted they are "very inexperienced" in developing such big hotels as the proposed one.

"A 600-room Sheraton, that would be a pretty steep learning curve," he says.

LeBlanc did say he liked the artist's rendering the developers offered.

"It looks great," he said. "If they could pull that off, more power to them."

We're sure it's not the last we'll hear about this long-forsaken piece of property. We've asked the developer for a response; we'll let you know if we get one.

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Richard Connelly
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