An interior renovation has begun at The Ward Plaza & Hotel downtown, according to a news release from Hub City Downtown.
A historic icon on Aberdeen’s Main Street since 1894, The Ward originally had 90 hotel rooms.
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The renovation will focus on a redesign of the first and second floors. The first floor will receive a facelift, including an all-new updated look for Roma’s Restaurante. Roma’s dining room will shift to the northwest corner of the first floor and significantly expand in size. This project will feature a new bar, more patron seating and an overall updated look.
The first floor will also feature restrooms and an updated look paying homage to the history of The Ward. Two retail spaces will also be featured on the first floor, according to the release.
Second floor will house boutique hotel
The renovation of the second floor will see The Ward return to its roots by housing a new boutique hotel. The new rooms and suites will be modernized while respecting the history of the building, per the release.
When complete, The Ward Hotel & Plaza will have 18 guest rooms and suites. Work is scheduled to be done in December.
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In 2004, a remodel was completed that saw the third through sixth floors converted into condominiums. In 2017, the second-floor ballroom was closed and converted into office space for the previous owner.
The renovation will cost several million dollars, according to a Hub City Downtown representative. It will be financed by private investment funds.