Widgets Magazine
  • Boutique hotel with large pool planned for Midtown

    Plans have been submitted for a new boutique hotel at 516 NW 8th in Midtown.

    Developer Shyon Keoppel with SK Venture Group is proposing to fully renovate an existing former apartment building and add a large pool on the vacant land to the east.

    Keoppel's group bought the 3-story building and .56 acres last year for $1.7 million.

    To be named They Shay, the design by RBA architects shows the 1963 structure converted to 25 rooms with a large restaurant, bar and coffee shop on the group floor. Adjacent on the first level is a suite that would be rented as a room or used as private dining space.

    Through large glass doors, the first floor would open to the expansive pool to the east, with a large bar of its own. Keoppel said that in addition to being an amenity for hotel and restaurant guests, the pool area will be available for private events with the ability to cover the pool in order to use the entire space for functions.

    In addition to seating for the restaurant and bar, the pool will also feature cooling misters and heaters to extend the outdoor usage, as well as a 2nd level sunning deck on the east end of the property.

    Keoppel is still finalizing operational partnerships but said he expects the hotel operation to remain independent.

    Plans have been submitted to the Downtown Design Review Committee. Keoppel hopes to have the hotel and pool open by summer 2020.

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