Waterfront hotel begins renovations

Come next spring, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation will be helping the community welcome visitors to downtown Oshkosh.

Slated to open April 1, Oshkosh’s downtown hotel (the former City Center Hotel) will re-open its doors with a brand new everything. The 176-room waterfront property is currently undergoing from-the-ground-up renovations. Upon its reopening, it will be a state-of-the-art business hotel anchoring the city’s downtown and serving as an economic catalyst for the entire community.

The UW Oshkosh Foundation and local hoteliers Richard Batley of RB Hospitality in Neenah and John Pfefferle of Pfefferle Companies Inc. in Appleton took over ownership of the hotel last February. The dedicated partners—with the rallying efforts of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation—are bridging campus and the Oshkosh community, said UW Oshkosh Foundation President Arthur H. Rathjen.

To complement the downtown hotel,another state-of-the-art facility—a 22,000-square foot Alumni Welcome and Conference Center—will be built just blocks away along the water on the southern edge of the UW Oshkosh campus. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Oct. 13.

“Both projects expand the synergy of the partnership between the University and the community,” Rathjen said. “A renovated, full-service convention hotel will enhance our community, serve area businesses, support scholarships and internships and complement our plans for the Alumni Welcome Center.”

To-date, the hotel has been gutted of its original interiors, the elevator has been modernized and the lobby has been opened up for a living room area and business center, said Mark Spielbauer, construction project superintendent.

The interior design phase begins this fall; individual hotel rooms, the ballroom and the restaurant along the waterfront will be beautified with a modern-day look.

Once up and running, the UW Oshkosh Foundation, in collaboration with its private sector partners, will oversee and manage the investment in the project. No state or tuition dollars will be used in the renovation or the project’s financing, Rathjen said.

To learn more about the UW Oshkosh Foundation, visit uwosh.edu/foundation

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