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Third chance for the Carlton


POSTED: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 7:55pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 11:08pm


Boasting a design that makes an old East German apartment block look stylish…

The Carlton Hotel closed in the 1970’s and sat like a faded prom queen until the county bought it a turned it into office space.

It served that purpose for the next 33 years, and even civil service proved too much, and the county put it up for sale.

Call him overly optimistic, but local architect Ron Mabry saw potential in the old dowager and offered just over $300,000.

The county jumped at it, and the deal was struck.

That was in 2011.

But every time I drove by I wondered…when are they going to start?

It turns out, they won’t. The deal fell through.

But there is hope on the horizon.

The Carleton reverted back to the county, and there is a new buyer.

The plan is apparently for offices, retail and lofts in the old hotel.

As for the Elks lodge across the street that was originally in Mabry’s plan?

It is being gutted and refurbished as a new worship facility for the Bethel Bible Church.

Bringing an older building up to code, much less turning a profit will be a challenge.

But it's been done before, most notably with the old Rice Hotel in Houston which sat derelict for 20 years.

It is now an upscale collection of lofts with a restaurant below.

So, the Carlton gets a second, or is it third chance.
The new owners should close on the property early next year.

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