On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, Mayor Rob Marlowe and Hacienda Hotel Florida Corporation’s President, Jim Gunderson, officially signed the lease agreement for the Historic Hacienda Hotel. City Council, sitting as the CRA Board of Directors, approved the lease agreement which also includes an option to purchase the hotel back in June. Mayor Marlowe stated, “I am pleased that we have taken this next giant step toward the Hacienda reopening as the jewel of downtown New Port Richey.” Other terms in the lease agreement include that the hotel be renovated following all terms and conditions of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings and that all architectural and engineering work must be submitted and approved by the Florida Division of Historical Resources. Mr. Gunderson, who is the owner of the Lakeside Inn in Mt. Dora stated, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be involved with bringing this wonderful and historic hotel back to life. I can’t wait to get started.”
The Hacienda Hotel rehabilitation project began in 2014 and has been funded through matching grants from the State and the use of the City’s CRA funds. “The Hacienda and the Lakeside Inn are two of Florida’s most historic hotels. The pairing of these two properties is an excellent idea. No doubt New Port Richey businesses will benefit from the tourists that will visit the historic Hacienda; an icon of the silent movie era,” stated Economic Development Director, Mario Iezzoni, who is overseeing the project. A tentative opening date is slated for late fall of 2019.
(Photo from left to right: Jim Gunderson and Mayor Rob Marlowe)
(Photo from left to right: Economic Development Director Mario Iezzoni, Jim Gunderson and Mayor Rob Marlowe)