|By Robert Evatt, Tulsa World,
Okla.McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Oct. 20, 2011-- SJS Hospitality, the Tulsa group that purchased the former Atlas Life Building and converted it to a Courtyard by Marriott, is ready for construction on its second downtown hotel project.
Ground is being broken Thursday on the $11 million Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, located along Main Street between Archer and Brady streets.
When the hotel is finished next fall, it will feature 104 rooms as well as 11,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space at street level.
Jeff Hartman, head of SJS Hospitality LLC, announced plans for the hotel last year. At that time, he said the facility would aim for the sweet spot between modest and upscale that wasn't being served downtown, including the Brady District.
The plan was to have hotel rooms rent for $99 to $109 per night. By comparison, rooms at the Atlas Courtyard average $139 per night.
The Fairfield Inn & Suites will have an attached parking lot, and none of the neighboring buildings will be affected by the construction, Hartman said.
The architecture will incorporate brickwork that blends with the older buildings in the area.
The land is currently a surface parking lot.
Robert Evatt 918-581-8447 firstname.lastname@example.org
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