Hotel Northland holding events; still no opening date

Hotel Northland, downtown Green Bay, September 11, 2018. (WLUK)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) — There is still no opening date for the Hotel Northland in downtown Green Bay, but events are already being held there.

Mayor Jim Schmitt tells FOX 11 the Northland has already hosted a wine tasting event and a Rotary Club event is scheduled for Dec. 18.

Schmitt also says the Northland has passed all of its city inspections and an occupancy permit was issued Tuesday morning, meaning it can open at any time.

John Williams, general manager of Hotel Northland, tells FOX 11 an opening date has not been set. He also says the hotel’s owners, Octagon Finance, have asked him not to allow media into the hotel as they work toward opening.

Operating under the Marriott Autograph Collection, the 160-room hotel must open before the end of the year or it risks losing historic tax credits, according to city officials.

Financing issues have plagued the $45 million to $50 million project since late 2016 when the top lender pulled its $12.8 million loan, accusing the project’s developers at the time of loan defaults.

The project to restore the 90-year-old building as a hotel began in 2016.

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