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Clarion Hotel in Hagerstown sold for $2.4 million

November 30, 1999|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN ? A group of Baltimore hotel owners recently purchased The Clarion Hotel in Hagerstown for about $2.4 million.

Martin M. Milner of Millennium Group said Thursday that he and his partners, who own about 15 hotels on the East Coast, bought The Clarion on Sept. 28 from Hagerstown Hotel Associates LLC.

"We're trying to bring the hotel back to its former glory," he said. "We saw an opportunity. We think this is a growing area."

The Clarion, at 901 Dual Highway, will retain its name and be managed by Emerald Hospitality, Milner said.

The new owners are not affiliated with a franchise, and intend to spend about $2 million to renovate the 150-room hotel, Milner said. They primarily will hire local labor to do the renovations, he said.

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The roof will be replaced by Heidler Roofing Services Inc. of Hagerstown at a cost of about $400,000, Milner said.

Workers will renovate rooms along the building's interior hallway through the winter and move to rooms that face the exterior at the onset of decent weather in the spring, Milner said.

Work on the lobby has started, he said. If everything goes as planned, all of the renovations should be completed by spring 2008.

Milner said The Clarion will stay open during renovations. The hotel will serve a continental breakfast, and shift to serving a hot breakfast and afternoon tea when the project is completed.

On Wednesday, Milner appeared before the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County to inquire about a liquor license for the hotel's pool area. Alcohol only would be served to hotel guests, he said.

The commissioners did not render a decision.

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