Basket shaped building to be transformed into a luxury 150-room hotel

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.

Basket shaped building to be transformed into a luxury 150-room hotel

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.’

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