• The Atrium Hotel, located at 3800 Homer Adams Parkway and formerly the Holiday Inn, is once again under new ownership. Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau President Brett Stawar says he is excited about the renovations.
“This could not have happened at a better time for us,” Stawar said. “Outside of Pere Marquette Lodge, this is still our only full-service hotel and I am really looking forward to seeing a return to its past glory, probably even better than ever.”
The new owner, who works closely with the Holiday Inn chain, plans to turn the hotel back into a Holiday Inn, and the design firm is a preferred vendor for the Holiday Inn chain, according to Stawar.
“Plans are to renovate a prototype room, and then allow the public to see what the hotel will look like when work is complete,” he said.
The upgrades will run approximately $4 million. Stawar says obtaining materials will take 90 to 120 days, and renovations will take place in sections so as not to disrupt business, with a completion goal of spring 2016.
A pest problem, specifically flies, currently is being addressed. Later work includes a renovation and upgrade on the restaurant, and the room count (140) looks to remain the same.
• The city is looking into the possibility of dropping pet registration fees.
In the next few weeks, the City Council plans to vote on abolishing a city ordinance requiring $5-$10 licenses for owning cats and dogs. The revenue the city generates from the ordinance has dropped significantly the past several years, and enforcing the fees has been an ongoing challenge.