BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — McCamly Plaza Hotel in Battle Creek is under new ownership and plans a multimillion-dollar renovation, officials say.

Battle Creek Unlimited, an economic development organization, took ownership of the hotel on Nov. 3 via 50 Capital Ave Development Corporation. McCamly Plaza closed in November 2019. BCU plans to reopen it in early 2022.

BCU says improvements include new mechanical equipment, a makeover to the exterior, guest room renovations and event space upgrades.

“We are eager to return this iconic property back to its glory with a complete refresh. Having a modern, well-run, and updated hotel in the heart of downtown is essential to the economic prosperity and continued revitalization of downtown Battle Creek,” said BCU President and CEO Joe Sobieralski. “This will not be a quick reprogram. We have several months of planning, design, and financing ahead of us. Our goal is to have the property renovated, rebranded, and opened in early 2022.”

BCU says it plans to bring two well-known hotel brands to Battle Creek.

Suburban Inns, a Hudsonville-based hotel and hospitality management company that works with franchise brands IHG, Marriott and Hilton, will assist in the revamp, BCU says.

Sobieralski says the property will help bring people downtown and benefit local businesses in the area.

“This was built in 1981 as a Stouffer’s Hotel and it was built and programmed for events and venues. It offers 239 rooms as it sits now, so it’s a very large hotel. It’s connected to the Kellogg Arena, a 6.500-person arena,” Sobieralski said.

He says the hotel itself is expected to create about 50, along with the jobs during construction, with the hope of bringing even more by growing local businesses in the area.

“We’re serious about turning this hotel around and doing it in a way that’s going to be an asset for the community,”Sobieralski said.

Battle Creek Unlimited took control of the property through a court settlement after the previous owners could not get the 15-story building up to standard in the agreed-upon timetable.

The economic development organization had originally provided funding for that project.

“It’s going to support the additional businesses that are down here. Drive foot traffic when we get back to some normalcy. We know this is an odd time to take ownership of a hotel,” Sobieralski said.

The organization sees the potential for future growth despite the current economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We feel like we’re hitting it at the right time. There will be a need for hotel rooms moving forward,” Sobieralski said.