CLARE – The Owners of the Doherty Hotel in Downtown Clare are planning the renovation of the Historic Hotel and Bar. A fixture since 1924, the hotel is located along Business Routes US-10 and US-127 in Clare County, at the gateway to northern Michigan.
This project entails the historic interior and exterior renovation of the original hotel. The exterior will be restored to its original condition, while the hotel rooms on Floors two through four will be completely renovated to provide an improved layout and modern amenities. Masonry will be restored in areas that have been modified on the exterior facades and storefront windows will be added along the first floor to reflect the original design.
The renovated hotel will result in 21 upscale rooms, including three designed with kitchenettes to service extended stay visitors. This project seeks to restore the facades of the Doherty to its original condition. The project, estimated to be a $6.2 million investment, is seeking a commercial facilities exemption tax abatement from the City of Clare and will incorporate Federal Historic Tax Credits.
“A primary focus of our project has always been improving the façade of original hotel,” says Dean Doherty, Owner of the hotel. “Rather than get bigger, we wanted to get better. While the updated rooms and bar will be important, we wanted to bring back the historic façade to Downtown Clare.”
The project team includes Spence Brothers, a construction management firm out of Saginaw and Cornerstone Architects, which is out of Grand Rapids and specializes in historic rehabilitation projects. Spence Brothers has been leading the predevelopment of the redevelopment.
While not part of the historic renovation, 8 new Tesla Super Charging Stations have also been installed on the property and will be operational after Memorial Day. The new stations provides convenient charging for Tesla Owners traveling through Mid-Michigan in Clare, which is at the intersection of US-10 and US-127.