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Business Observer Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 8 months ago

Downtown hotel to get new life under upscale brand

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Hotel will remain open while under construction.

FORT MYERS — The Hotel Indigo in downtown Fort Myers will be converted into an upscale hotel under Hilton’s Tapestry Collection, part of several hotel and connected projects in the River District.

The project is a partnership between Sarasota-based construction management firm and commercial contractor Firmo Construction and Savannah-based HOS Management, according to a statement. The project calls for a full, top-to-bottom conversion of the eight-story property, the release adds.

“With the exceptional amount of migration to Florida recently, it’s encouraging to see this growth and development in the region,” Firmo President  Eric Collin says in the statement. “Our partnership with HOS Management will be a transformative conversion for this property, located in the heart of Fort Myers’ River District. Firmo is ready to bring decades of innovative building methods, construction expertise and work with the Hilton brand to deliver this full-service luxury hotel tailored to the unique community of Fort Myers.”

With approximately 6,500 square feet to renovate per floor and 72 guest rooms, Firmo will be working alongside interior designer, Z-Space Design and architect Tim Miller of Dimensions Inc. while applying a phasing method throughout construction. With this technique, different floors will remain open to guests as the remodel progresses, allowing the hotel to remain fully operational throughout its renovation, the release states. When finished, the new Tapestry Collection by Hilton will feature 96 upscale guest suites, a fully renovated rooftop pool and bar and a new commercial kitchen and lobby bar for an expanded food and beverage offering. 

“Our team is excited to continue our collaboration with Firmo Construction on this new opportunity to bring vibrant, sophisticated accommodations to downtown Fort Myers,” says Krishan Gandhi, Vice President of Development of HOS Management, in the statement. “The conversion to this Tapestry Collection by Hilton is positioned to bring guests and visitors of this growing city an unparalleled experience, which is a pillar at the core of our mission for each of our hotel properties.”

The second partnership in the Fort Myers for the two companies, Firmo Construction and HOS Management are also collaborating on a Hampton Inn by Hilton project on Cleveland Avenue, a main traffic artery of Fort Myers, which will feature 118 guest rooms, an outdoor pool and patio, and a fitness center. Construction on this property began in October.

Other projects in downtown Fort Myers include the renovated and renamed convention center, which is now the Caloosa Sound Convention Center.

Established in 2003, Firmo Construction is a fully integrated design-build firm and licensed general commercial contractor in more than 15 states. It did $6.6 million in revenue in 2019.

 

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