For the past few years Action 2 News followed plans to redevelop the historic Hotel Northland in downtown Green Bay, and this week, only on Action 2 News, developers gave us an exclusive look
inside as project leaders shared new details about their plans with us. This winter, developers plan to put the Hotel Northland through a time warp.
“Back in the 20s when the hotel first opened, the Northland was the epicenter of social activity. We plan for that to happen again,” said Hotel Northland General Manager Dennis Doucette.
Steve Frantz and his team are challenged with restoring the aging hotel back to what it looked like on its open date, in order to qualify for the ten million dollars in state and federal funding.
“Wherever possible we are obligated to restore those elements to original condition as close as possible,” said Frantz.
During the $40 million project, construction crews will focus on a variety of areas inside the hotel.
“The vision is we are going to open this space back up again the way it was back in 1924,” Frantz said, standing in the lobby.
A revolving door will welcome guests at the entrance. The front desk will be ripped out, replaced, and the balcony above it opened up.
Two restaurants will also surround the lobby.
Jazzmine’s will be the signature restaurant, featuring farm-to-table ingredients and live acoustic jazz. The Gridiron Tavern will be a sports bar and grill, also located in the Hotel Northland.
The nearby ballroom will also get a makeover, and guests who take the elevator to the top floor will find views of downtown and eventually two massive suites.
Developers also plan a shop, spa, a two-lane bowling alley, billiards room, and meeting space.
Locals will have the option to become club members, fueling the success of the Hotel Northland.
“I don’t want to say party atmosphere, but yes it will be animated,” said Doucette. “The purpose of this hotel is to drive the economy in downtown Green Bay.”
By September of next year project leaders say not only will the inside of the Hotel Northland look much different but it’ll be open for business.
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