Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Trail Hotel to Get Facelift

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Trail Hotel to Get Facelift

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SARASOTA

SARASOTA -- One of Sarasota's latest hotel projects might be just what the doctor ordered.

It's perfectly positioned to serve Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

The Baymont Inn and Suites at 1425 S. Tamiami Trail, directly across the street from the hospital, is slated for a facelift. Daus Investments, which bought the property for $6.5 million in March, plans to turn the two-story, five-decade-old hotel into a five- floor Four Points by Sheraton.

That type of hotel could serve families and traveling nurses associated with the hospital, said Jag Grewal, a commercial real estate broker with Ian Black Real Estate who represents Daniel Singh, the California-based developer behind the project. Smaller hotels are available on Tamiami Trail in south Sarasota, but there is a void of well-known, quality hotel flags in that immediate area wedged between the downtown area and Southgate.

"They've tried to do things with that hotel, but it's had a checkered history, and we want to see some real good done on 41," Grewal said.

Singh did not return calls and emails from the Herald-Tribune seeking comment.

The project is still awaiting approval from the Sarasota City Planning Board and Sarasota City Commission. Grewal declined to provide a timeline or opening date for the remodeled hotel.

"This is going to be a great hotel, and there's a big need in the neighborhood," Grewal said. "We're going to go as fast and as slow as we need."

The Baymont Inn and Suites, which wore the Best Western flag until the sale this spring, is expected to keep its 99 rooms, according to records filed with the city.

The hotel's 35,420-square-foot footprint would increase by 10,000 square feet as part of the expansion to accommodate a new guest- room layout and to add administrative and meeting space.

The new hotel will have two separate buildings -- five stories on the western side and three stories on the northern side, along Prospect Street.

New opportunities

The revamped hotel will create opportunities for the hospital and for the sports tourism market, said Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota County.

The project also has the opportunity to serve travelers visiting family and friends for all the surrounding neighborhoods. …

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