The iconic basket shaped building in Ohio will be transformed to a luxury hotel.
The picnic basket shaped seven-story building will be transformed into a luxury hotel which boasts of 150 rooms, an indoor pool and a restaurant as it already has a fitness centre and auditorium.
The building in the city of Newark, which was once home to the wooden basket manufacturer, Longaberger Basket Company is going to be converted into a luxury hotel. The 180,000-square-foot construction was built in 1997 at the behest of the company’s founder Dave Longaberger for $32million (£24million). However, the company moved out of the building in 2016 and it closed in 2018.
The co-owner of the building, Canton-based developer Steve Coon of Coon Restoration & Sealants bought the building in December 2017 for $1.2 million.
“It’s an iconic building. To be put back into use would put a tremendous asset back into the community,” Hottinger told the Dispatch.
The plans to turn the basket into a luxury hotel will take place sometime in 2020, according to state Senator Jay Hottinger, R-Newark, who was on-hand during the announcement on Monday.
He told the Newark Advocate: ‘We looked at everything. But the best value was a hotel.
‘This will stay a basket. It’s going to be a basket forever.
‘It’s got the draw. This is a destination.’
Longaberger Basket Breaking News: Tonight exciting news unveiled that the iconic building will be a luxury hotel pic.twitter.com/BCETuNNjCb
— Senator Jay Hottinger (@JayHottinger) October 21, 2019