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JQH Hotels wraps up $20M in renovations

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As the founder of John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts struggles with his health and is at the center of a public guardianship debate, company executives have wrapped up renovations at three properties totaling $20.5 million.

The company completed top-to-bottom improvements to hotels in Kansas City, Springdale, Ark., and Greensboro, N.C., officials said in a news release.

Guest room modernization, restaurant redesigns and convention space upgrades were completed at the Holiday Inn Northwest Arkansas, Embassy Suites Greensboro-Airport and Embassy Suites Kansas City-International Airport. The work in northwest Arkansas is part of Holiday Inn’s $1 billion global refresh project.

The Kansas City renovations, at $8.5 million, were the largest of the JQH Hotels projects.

In each effort, designers emphasized atriums as a focal point to create a space for guests to socialize and relax. Renovations also were made to the properties’ pools, business centers and workout areas, including the addition of the Precor Fitness equipment line, the release said.

In the well-publicized public guardianship case involving 92-year-old John Q. Hammons, hearings have turned to media companies’ efforts to keep court records – that possibly would cover medical, business and personal affairs – open to the public. Springfield News-Leader and KY3 have hired Jean Maneke, a First Amendment expert who has worked with the Missouri Press Association, to represent the media companies, according to a News-Leader story. A hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday in Probate Judge Michael Cordonnier’s third-floor courtroom, the News-Leader reported.

On March 4, several friends of Hammons filed a petition in Greene County Circuit Court to release him from private seclusion to be placed under the guardianship of Greene County Public Administrator David Yancey.

The petition states that placing Hammons at his current residence, The Manor at Elfindale at 1707 W. Elfindale St., was not acting in his best interests and that JQH Hotels CEO Jacquie Dowdy, who holds Hammons’ power of attorney, has kept Hammons in involuntary seclusion.[[In-content Ad]]

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