CNB to raze Cherokee Inn motel
9/21/2012 8:39:38 AM
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The Cherokee Inn, which sits next to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, is to be demolished at a later date because officials said it’s no longer cost feasible to operate it. Cherokee Nation Entertainment records state that CNE purchased the motel for $2.8 million in April 2006. TESINA JACKSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The Cherokee Inn, which sits next to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, is to be demolished at a later date because officials said it’s no longer cost feasible to operate it. Cherokee Nation Entertainment records state that CNE purchased the motel for $2.8 million in April 2006. TESINA JACKSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
BY TESINA JACKSON Reporter CATOOSA, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Businesses officials have decided to demolish the Cherokee Inn motel that sits near the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, saying it’s no longer cost feasible to operate it. “We made the decision when we first bought that property that in some point in the future that that inn would come down and that we would convert that into additional parking spaces,” CNB interim CEO Shawn Slaton said. He said a business analysis showed that it was time to eliminate the motel for the extra parking. “The inn needed major renovations to the rooms and things to bring it back up to a high standards that we have, and we just felt like it was better for the business and for the company to go ahead at this time and do the demolition,” Slaton said. When Cherokee Nation Entertainment purchased the motel in 2006, some minor repairs were made to the 113-room facility. However, Slaton said he didn’t know when the inn was last renovated. He added that the business analysis did not give a price on renovating the motel. Slaton said people who stay at the Cherokee Inn have other options such as the La Quinta and Hampton inns, which neighbor the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. He added that there will soon be 100 additional rooms inside the Hard Rock Hotel for a total of 456 rooms and that it would not be feasible to spend money to renovate the Cherokee Inn. “With the addition of the 100 suites in our new tower, plus two new hotels at a similar price point within walking distance, the business case determined it was time to move forward with the plan to create much-needed additional parking,” Slaton said. Currently, the Cherokee Inn has five employees who will be able to transfer to other positions within the Hard Rock when the inn closes, he said. Slaton said a bid would go out before November to determine costs for demolishing the inn. “We’ll put that out to bid and whoever is the successful bidder will determine that,” he said. As of press time, officials had not set a demolition date. Slaton said CNE purchased the motel for $2.8 million when it was part of the Super 8 Motel chain. According CNB documents, the Cherokee Inn is part of Cherokee Hotels LLC, a tribal limited liability company within CNE that owns and operates the inn and a hotel in Roland.

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