Another boutique hotel — the Quad-Cities' third — is on its way.
The Element by Westin, a 96-room extended-stay, Marriott-branded hotel, is on track to open in December. The project is converting a circa-1917 warehouse at 4th Avenue and 12th Street in downtown Moline into a luxury hotel.
The Element is being privately developed by the California-based Amin Group with help from Russell Construction, Davenport. It will share space with the future rail station, a separate project supported by local, state and federal funding. Together, they will be known as The Q.
Across the country, there are 65 hotels under the Element by Westin brand. But the Moline hotel won’t be just like the others, according to Adrienne Pumphrey, executive director of sales and marketing with C-Two Hotels, the hotel management company also owned by The Amin Group.
“While it is a brand, I would say it's a boutique hotel in the sense that it’s unique in character, with interesting design elements that you wouldn’t find in an Element anywhere else in the country,” said Pumphrey. “It will give the customer a very different and memorable experience.”
Part of that experience comes from the building itself, which is the first historic renovation for an Element hotel.
“The history of the O’Rourke building truly drove the design of the project,” Pumphrey said. “The historic elements of the building were an asset to the overall project, giving the hotel a certain charm while at the same time reminding guests that they’re actually staying in a 100-year-old warehouse that's been converted to a hotel.”
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Designers “were tasked with preserving as much of the original building as possible,” working under historic-distinction guidelines, Pumphrey said.
For example, the windows were custom-built to mimic the historic windows on the south facade. The design also exposes original columns and incorporates bricks that were removed to expose original windows.
Construction, which began last June, still has a few months to go.
“The Russell team is working hard at finishing the lower floors to be ready for finish work,” Pumphrey said, adding that painters are on-site, and flooring and tile work soon will begin. “The next few weeks will be very exciting as the actual furniture and materials start to arrive."
The hotel developer, which also owns the nearby Radisson on John Deere Commons, chose the Quad-City market, and this location, for a reason, she said.
One reason: the “desire to bring something new, exciting and exclusive to downtown Moline."
“There is a lack of modern, detailed and extended-stay-type product in downtown Moline,” she said. “Our intention is the hotel will act as a catalyst for further development and interest in the Quad Cities and downtown Moline.”