The new owner of the crown jewel of downtown Natchez — the Eola Hotel — is going back to the drawing board to craft the future of the building.
Virginiabased attorney Robert Lubin, who purchased the hotel at the end of last year and proceeded to close it, originally said the property would no longer function as a hotel. He later presented plans to the Natchez Preservation Commission to convert the building into senior living apartments.
After a visit from Mayor Butch Brown, Lubin is keeping the hotel option on the table, he says.
"Right now, I'm looking at keeping some hotel rooms, but also incorporating some apartments," Lubin said. "Nothing is guaranteed, though."
The Eola is not new to Lubin; he owned it from 1994 and 1998. During that time, he found problems with the hotel's profitability because of its design, he said.
Because of the hotel's small bedrooms and tiny bathrooms, Lubin said the space was no longer appealing to the modern-day guest.
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