Four Winds South Bend Expansion to Feature 23-Story Hotel Tower

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Four Winds South Bend is undergoing an expansion that will feature a 23-story hotel tower, the Pokagon Gaming Authority announced Wednesday.

"There will also be a spa, convention area, meeting space, a ballroom, lounge, bar & grille, an outdoor roof-top swimming pool, and terraces with spectacular views," the gaming authority revealed.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday morning, and construction is expected to take approximately 24 months.

Mark Peterson was at Four Winds South Bend for the announcement, and he'll have a full report beginning on 16 News Now at 4.

From the Pokagon Gaming Authority:

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — September 11, 2019 — The Pokagon Gaming Authority, which oversees the management and operations of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians' gaming enterprise, is pleased to announce the expansion of its fourth and most recent property, Four Winds® Casino South Bend. The details of the expansion were highlighted today during a press conference at the property, with members of the Pokagon Gaming Authority and Tribal Council, Pokagon Elders Council, Pokagon Citizens and Four Winds Casinos management also taking part in a groundbreaking ceremony.

The expansion of Four Winds South Bend will feature a 23-story hotel tower with 317 rooms, including 83 suites. There will also be a spa, convention area, meeting space, a ballroom, lounge, bar & grille, an outdoor roof-top swimming pool, and terraces with spectacular views. Construction will take approximately 24 months.

"We've been very pleased with the response from the community and the performance of Four Winds South Bend since it opened in January 2018. The expansion will bring to life a variety of exciting features and amenities we envisioned during our original planning process," said Matthew Wesaw, Tribal Council Chairman and President of the Pokagon Gaming Authority. "Not only is this expansion an important milestone for all Pokagon Citizens, but it also demonstrates our ongoing economic commitment to support the South Bend community including the creation of more than 400 temporary constructions jobs and approximately 100 permanent new jobs to support our ongoing operations."

"For the past twelve years, the Pokagon Band and its Four Winds Casinos have established a standard for excellence, not only in the Midwest, but also nationally. Our casino resorts have consistently been ranked among the best in the country, and we believe these enhancements will make Four Winds South Bend unrivaled in the State of Indiana," said Frank Freedman, COO of Four Winds Casinos. "From the design, use of materials and the finish work, Four Winds South Bend will offer a premium resort-style feel and amenities you'll find at top resorts in the country."

Four Winds South Bend currently has 140,000 square feet of gaming space and includes more than 1,400 games, four restaurants, a players lounge, a coffee shop, three bars, a retail outlet, and approximately 4,500 parking spaces including an enclosed parking structure.

Partners supporting the Pokagon Band and Four Winds Casinos in the expansion of Four Winds South Bend include architect, HBG Design of Memphis, Tenn.


One Beale Breaks Ground

Special ground is broken for One Beale

See article in The Daily Memphian

Dignitaries on Tuesday, Aug. 20, celebrated the construction start for One Beale, the long-awaited mixed-use development that promises to extend Beale Street’s energy to the Mississippi River.

The ceremony drew nearly 100 perspiring guests inside the historic Ellis Machine Shops building.

They could grab one of the 10-ounce bottles of water labeled "One Beale: Groundbreaking 08/20/2019" while viewing a gallery of renderings for the future buildings.

Outside, there was nothing ceremonial about the work of the construction crews.

At the southwest corner of Front and Beale, a pile-driving machine punched deep holes into the earth for the 227-room Hyatt Centric hotel. To the south at Front and Pontotoc, the ground is cleared for a 475-space parking garage and 232 apartments called The Landing Residences at One Beale.

The apartments, garage and hotel will be built simultaneously at a combined estimated cost of $150 million.

“When my dad first proposed this 30 to 40 years ago, he always saw Downtown as a magnetic place that brings people together,” developer Chance Carlisle said of his late father, Gene Carlisle.

HBG Designers Mark Weaver, FAIA and Josh Love

If all goes to schedule, the seven-story Hyatt Centric will open for Thanksgiving or Christmas in 2020 and the six-story apartments will start leasing in the first three months of 2021, Carlisle said before the ceremony.

The HBG Design architecture firm designed the Hyatt Centric “around music and the river,” Mark Weaver said. He is principal in charge and lead designer for the hotel project.

The final design is the fourth version that HBG Design has created over the years as developer Carlisle LLC wrestled with making the numbers work. “On the ground floor we opened the base up to the public and have it very active to the street and to the river,” Weaver said.

The ground floor is encased in glass: The hotel check-in desk will face Front, a lobby bar will be near the corner of Front and Beale, a restaurant will face Beale and the river and offer outdoor seating, and the ground floor’s south side will line the hotel’s outside pool and courtyard. A rooftop whisky bar will present expansive views of the river. Metal panels and lots of windows comprise the hotel’s exterior. But the windows will be positioned irregularly to mimic the look of musical notes on a music sheet. Colored, neon light will edge many of the windows facing Front and Beale streets. The colors can change, similar to the light installations on the Hernando DeSoto and Big River Crossing (Harahan) bridges. The idea is to carry the iconic neon from the Beale Street entertainment district toward the river, which now is festooned with its own colorful lights.

“At night I think there will be a real spectacular light show,” Weaver said of the window lights. “The light show will be set up to do whatever the river does, where the lights change color and they will move on the façade. Like the bridges.”

Lead Designer, Mark Weaver, Chance and Chase Carlisle

Hyatt Centric’s location at Front and Beale is “one of the most prominent sites in Memphis,” Weaver said. A major theme for the hotel is providing a launching point for guests to explore Memphis.

Carlisle LLC and Hyatt Hotels are partners in 33 Beale Street Hotel Co., the development entity for the hotel.

The Landing Residences apartments and parking deck will anchor the south side of the entire site, which generally is bounded by Riverside on the west, Beale on the north, Front on the east and Pontotoc on the south.

The apartments’ design will be “a very nice blend of old and new,” said Chris Kacena, design director of Studio Architects. The Atlanta-based firm designed the Landing Residences at One Beale.

“It’s trying to fit into the historic fabric of Downtown and be something fresh and exciting. So there’s a little bit of a blend of modern and traditional,” Kacena said.

The apartment buildings’ bricks will complement the neighborhood’s historic warehouse district. But the buildings also will feature large storefront openings and “big glass,” Kacena said.

The hotel will offer 14,000 square feet of meeting spaces, including the adaptive reuse of the neighboring historic Ellis Machine Shops building. The old business made propellers and other metal equipment for river vessels.

As recently as 14 months ago, preservationists were concerned that the development would mean demolition for the historic buildings. However, Chance Carlisle wound up working with Memphis Heritage and its executive director, June West.

West was even included among the speakers during the ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday.

“Chance is the only developer to put us on the dais with the other speakers,” West said. “Chance has endeared himself to me, Memphis Heritage and the community.”

Deni Reilly, chairman of the Downtown Memphis Commission, also expressed appreciation for One Beale’s historic preservation. “We thank Chance and his team for their leadership, especially in their willingness to consider the adaptive reuse of the historic Ellis Building,” Reilly told the crowd.

“One Beale is better, cooler and much more Memphis because of it and for that, we thank you,” she said.

An affiliate organization of the Downtown Memphis Commission, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. four years ago gave One Beale property tax breaks for 20 years, which will save the developer a total of $48.3 million. The commission staff calculates that the development will still generate $11.7 million in tax revenue that Memphis and Shelby County would not receive without the construction.

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. also approved contributing $10 million in public funds to build the parking garage.

“We see the progress,” Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland told the crowd at the ceremony. “We literally the see the renaissance all around us. Nineteen billion dollars in development in our area, most of which is in the city limits.”

One Beale occupies an iconic space in the heart of Memphis, Strickland said. “Gene Carlisle’s vision many years ago led to this moment. And, Chance, thank you very much for taking the reins and making it happen. It means a lot to Memphis, it means a lot to Downtown.”

Strickland joined the chorus for praising the project’s effort to save and adapt the historic Ellis buildings. “That’s what makes our developments so great in Memphis and so different than many other cities,” Strickland said. “We take our history to heart and we build upon it instead of always just knocking it down.”

One Beale is to eventually include a final phase, construction of an office tower near the corner of Beale and Riverside. But that construction is not expected to start until an anchor office tenant is identified.

 


HBG Design Excited to be a Part of the Hotel Boom in Downtown Memphis

Hotel boom continues in Downtown Memphis with more than 2,000 rooms planned

See article in The Commercial Appeal

Desiree Stennett, Memphis Commercial Appeal Published June 27, 2019

While most conversation about Downtown hotel development seems to focus on the court battle being waged over the planned 550-room convention center hotel to be built by Loews, Memphis' core is seeing an explosion of hotel projects.

In Downtown and Midtown Memphis, there are more than 2,000 hotel rooms in various stages of development from the recently completed to the newly announced.

Here are the hotel projects big and small that have gotten the most attention in Downtown and the surrounding area.

After decades of delays, One Beale, the longtime dream development for the Carlisle family — a major franchisee of the fast-food chain Wendy's, is finally happening.

The $111 million project will stretch two blocks down Front Street from Beale Street to Pontotoc Avenue and back toward the riverfront. The project will include a 227-room Hyatt Centric planned to open in 2020.

The hotel will be at Beale Street and Front Street.

 

Canopy by Hilton

While one Hilton project is already complete, another one is underway at the former site of the long-blighted Benchmark Hotel at 164 Union Ave.

The Canopy promises to be an upscale boutique hotel with 174 rooms across the street from The Peabody in Downtown.

Developers at Magna Hospitality Group of Rhode Island also promised a first-floor restaurant, bar and coffee shop.


Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Named AZ Biggest Construction Project in 2019

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5 of Arizona’s biggest construction projects in 2019

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REAL ESTATE | 19 Jun | KATIE TEJADA

2019 looks to be a packed year for Arizona developers and construction crews, as well as the residents and visitors who get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. With plenty of new and exciting developments to look forward to, you’re probably curious about the biggest construction projects that are ongoing or soon to break ground. Here are a few major developments you should know about:

  1. Desert Diamond West Valley Casino

Glendale’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino is a $400 million project that should be finished by the end of 2019. Though it only broke ground in December 2017, this drastic overhaul will double the size of the casino and has been over nine years in the making!

This new casino is being constructed adjacent to the existing temporary casino that opened its doors in 2015. The goal is to transform the full 135-acre property into a full-fledged casino, spa, and resort. Vacationers and Arizona staycationers alike are sure to enjoy this luxurious addition to the West Valley’s leisure offerings.

So what can you expect if you decide to hit Desert Diamond in 2020? In addition to classic table games like poker and blackjack, slots, and live bingo; and guests will be able to enjoy the sprawling 75,000-square-foot casino’s five brand new unique restaurants and two new parking garages. Spa and resort components will come in a future phase of construction.


HBG Design is Architect Behind “One of the Largest Hospitality Investments in the History of Arkansas”

Article in Arkansas Business

by Sarah Campbell-Miller and Lance Turner  on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 10:58 am

Less than two weeks after voters approved casino gambling in Arkansas, Oaklawn Racing and Gaming on Monday announced a $100 million expansion that will include a 200-room high-rise hotel, a 14,000-SF event center and 28,000 SF of new gaming space.

The racetrack called the project “one of the largest hospitality investments in the history of Arkansas.” The project is privately funded; it did not receive any state or local incentives.

“This historic announcement represents a new chapter in the rich 114-year history of Oaklawn,” Louis Cella, president of Oaklawn Jockey Club, said in a news release. “As we enhance the entertainment experience for our customers, we will also further elevate thoroughbred racing and help make Arkansas and Hot Springs even stronger regional tourism destinations.

During an event at Oaklawn to announce the expansion, Cella said the project would be “world-class,” secure Oaklawn’s future and maintain its status as “one of the top thoroughbred race tracks in the country.”

Oaklawn General Manager Wayne Smith said the expansion will result in 400 permanent jobs. Construction will employ about 2,300 people.

The yet-unnamed hotel will be seven stories with 200 rooms, including two presidential suites. Amenities will include an outdoor swimming pool, a luxury spa, fitness center and restaurant, according to Oaklawn’s plans.

Smith said half of hotel’s rooms will offer “one-of-a-kind” views of the track; the other half will have mountain and lake views. He said the goal for the hotel is to achieve “4-star status.”

There will also be more parking, and outdoor patios in the gaming area and restaurant that will face the track. The events center will accommodate up to 1,500 people.

Construction will begin in May following the 2019 racing season. The target completion date for the gaming expansion is January 2020 with the hotel and event center to be completed in late 2020.

By a vote of 54 percent to 46 percent, Arkansas voters approved this month Issue 4, an amendment to the state Constitution allowing casinos at two existing racetracks — Oaklawn and Southland Racing and Gaming in West Memphis — and in Pope and Jefferson counties.

Oaklawn did not take a side during the campaign for the casino amendment, led by a group called Driving Arkansas Forward. But Southland voiced support for the measure, saying it would significantly expand its Crittenden County operation if the measure passed.

On Monday, Cella said Oaklawn had been planning for this expansion for some time.

“While one may assume that today’s announcement comes in response to the passage of Issue 4 on November 6, we actually began planning for this during our last expansion in 2014,” he said. “Our goal then, as it is now, is to use a quality gaming experience to enhance racing and help attract even more great champions to Arkansas such as Smarty Jones, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah.”

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who also attended Monday’s announcement, said Oaklawn executives told him about the expansion in October and added that the passage of Issue 4 wasn’t “relevant” to the park’s plans.

“It is important to underscore and emphasize this is a commitment to Arkansas; it’s a commitment to Hot Springs that we value,” Hutchinson said. “Tourism is our second-leading industry in Arkansas. It’s the second-leading economic driver for our state. … Fifteen-hundred people receive a job during the peak of the season here at Oaklawn. That’s a $200 million economic impact.”

Kane Web, director of Arkansas Parks & Tourism, and Visit Hot Springs CEO Steve Arrison also spoke at the announcement.

“Christmas came early to Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas,” Arrison said. “… I’m saying ‘wow’ to the meeting space. This will complement the meeting space we have down at the Hot Springs Convention Center. It’s not going to compete with it. It’s going to make more and more groups look at us.”

HBG Design of Memphis is the architectural firm for the expansion. Flintco Construction of Springdale is the contractor.


$225M One Beale riverfront development to open with Hyatt Centric hotel, apartments, dining

“It’s really a hotel that caters to people who want to explore the city. The mission all along has been to create a unique project for Memphis.” – Mark Weaver, FAIA, Principal and lead architectural designer for the Hyatt Centric hotel at One Beale.

Check out how this new hotel at the foot of Beale Street will enhance the downtown experience, in this article from High Ground News!


First of Its Kind: Four Winds Casino moves Indian Gaming into Indiana

“Our team has worked to strategically enhance the design quality and aesthetic over [Four Winds Casino’s] four-property, now multi-state, brand.” – Paul Bell, AIA, Project Manager/Principal, HBG Design

Read more about how Four Winds South Bend expanded its presence as the first tribal casino in the state of Indiana in Global Gaming Business’ Casino Style Magazine, 2018.


Carlisle, LLC announces One Beale Hotel and Office Development Partners

Downtown Memphis’ One Beale development to commence construction in early 2019

HBG Design is architect and interior designer for the Hyatt Centric project at One Beale.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (July 24, 2018) – Carlisle, LLC announced today that the highly-anticipated One Beale development has selected its partners and plans to start construction in January 2019.

Originally envisioned by the late Gene Carlisle in 2004, One Beale will break ground on its transformative downtown riverfront development. Since the initial announcement, One Beale has expanded to include the historic Ellis Machine Shop buildings recently acquired by Carlisle as part of an overall two-year plan redesign.

Today, with over 5.5 riverfront acres, Carlisle has master planned its new Beale St. riverfront development at Beale Street as a mixed-use, multi-parcel development comprising of a hotel, residential, retail and office spaces, along with a public parking garage. Preliminary financials value the total development at $225 million, with the first phase estimated at $130 million starting in January.

One Beale will serve as a gateway to the sports and entertainment district of Beale Street, connecting Memphis’ world class but underdeveloped riverfront to one of America’s most iconic streets.

“My dad had a saying that ‘people and cities define themselves by their buildings, and as a native Memphian, I could not be prouder of what One Beale says about our city’s culturally rich past and our promising future,” said Chance Carlisle, CEO of Carlisle, LLC.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced its plans to develop a Hyatt Centric hotel. This boutique hotel brand is built in the hearts of vibrant, world-renowned gateway cities such as Tokyo, Miami, San Francisco and New Orleans — and now, Memphis. The full-service, four-star Hyatt Centric hotel will host 227 rooms, along with 15,000 square feet of conference and meeting space on famed Beale Street, and will include the renovation of historic Ellis Machine Shop as part of its conference center. The hotel will feature a new riverfront restaurant, outdoor pool plaza and rooftop lounge with amazing views of downtown and the Mississippi River. Hyatt Hotels will be a 50 percent joint venture owner of the hotel and manage the hotel through a long-term management agreement.

Carlisle will also be developing a separate, mixed-use residential apartment building that will offer 227 high-end living spaces for families and individuals, contributing to the ever-growing, in-demand residential real estate of Downtown Memphis. Construction on this building will begin in conjunction with the Hyatt Centric and will offer up to 15,000 square feet of office space as well as approximately 10,000 square feet of riverfront restaurant space. This downtown destination fulfills multiple purposes as a space to live, work and eat.

As part of Phase 2, Highwoods Properties is seeking to develop 200,000–400,000 square feet of Class A office development at 1 Beale St., the development’s most prestigious address. The company is working with the Memphis Chamber of Commerce and Carlisle to secure an “anchor tenant” with construction contingent on finding a large office customer.

Building on the success of Catherine and Mary’s at The Chisca, Carlisle is teaming up again with Memphis Culinary trendsetters Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman to open the downtown core’s first riverfront restaurant. These two James Beard nominated chefs have crafted immensely popular restaurant experiences at their other eateries, such as the Gray Canary and Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen.

In addition to the retail, living and working spaces of One Beale, Carlisle plans to include a seven-story parking garage with 475 parking spots to serve the entire riverfront neighborhood. Funded by the Downtown Parking Authority, the garage will begin construction along with the multifamily, mixed-use building.

During construction, Younger Associates estimates that the first Phase 1 of One Beale will produce nearly 1,484 full time jobs over its two year construction timeframe and have an economic impact of $294 million dollars to the region. The City of Memphis and Shelby County will collect in excess of $1.8 million dollars of tax revenue.

Once the development reaches stabilized occupancy, One Beale will create 423 full time equivalent jobs generating $11.3 million dollars in local wages and $2.25 million per year in additional city/county tax revenue.

General contractors for the project will be announced toward the end of this year. Completion of the first phase of the project is scheduled for late 2020.

For more information about One Beale, please visit carlislecorp.com .

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ABOUT CARLISLE, LLC

Carlisle is a Memphis-based real estate and specialty hospitality company. Carlisle is a franchisee of The Wendy’s Company and a leader in commercial real estate development. Carlisle is a family-founded and owned business which employs approximately 6,000 employees across 7 states. For more information, visit www.carlislecorp.com


Four Winds South Bend Makes Its Mark

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