Iowa ironworks heads for transformation into Hyatt boutique site

by | 22 Jul 2022 | Hotel Projects, Projects

Imagery courtesy of Meyer Jabara Hotels.

US-based development company Main Street Community Capital (MSCCap) has tasked Meyer Jabara Hotels (MJH) to manage a hotel conversion in Dubuque, Iowa’s historic Millwork District.

The new 96-key site will reopen under the JdV by Hyatt boutique brand, and is MJH’s first property for this marque, although it will be the fourth Hyatt hotel in its portfolio.

Historic complex

JdV by Hyatt Dubuque will reside on several floors of the Novelty Iron Works complex, a former ironworks turned millwork factory built in the 1880s that was converted to a residential development with food and beverage outlets, entertainment space, retail shops, and courtyard.

When complete, the hotel will feature a rooftop restaurant and bar also managed by MJH. Construction will begin in autumn 2022, with a grand opening planned for autumn 2023.

City revitalisation

MSCCap founding partner David-Elias Rachie detailed: “Main Street Community Capital is continuing on its mission to revitalise America’s cities and towns outside of major metropolitan areas. JdV by Hyatt is the ideal brand to bring to Dubuque as it reflects the neighbourhoods in which each hotel resides.

“This project – which is the last phase of Novelty Iron Works, a cornerstone of the city’s Historic Millwork District Master Revitalisation Plan – will mirror its surroundings with exposed brick and industrial metal integral to the design. Guestrooms will feature a relaxing vibe as unique as the people who prefer the boutique experience.

“Working closely with JDV, our new rooftop restaurant and bar will be designed to cultivate conversations and celebrations that keep people coming back. We have full confidence under Meyer Jabara’s superb management, the JdV by Hyatt will quickly become ‘the place to stay’ as there is no hotel in the region quite like it.”

Ripe for development

Meyer Jabara Hotels’ president Justin Jabara responded: “We are delighted to be adding the JdV by Hyatt brand to our portfolio of third-party management contracts. The brand name alone – Joie de Vivre – which means ‘to enjoy life exuberantly’ encourages guests to celebrate their travels and make each stay their own.

“This brand is not only ideal for Dubuque, since there currently is no Hyatt representation in the city, but it will be a keystone to the region’s aggressive economic development strategy. This area is ripe for urban mixed-use development, and Meyer Jabara Hotels is thrilled to play such an integral role in its success as we provide exceptional accommodations to those visiting this neighbourhood and fuelling the district’s model sustainable community.

“We would like to thank MSCCap for their ongoing partnership as we bring our professional management services to hotels across the midwest. Together, MJH and MSCCap are driving innovation and creating memorables places to live, stay, work, and play.”

Another new development, MSCCap’s Hyatt Place and Conference Center in Mason City, Iowa, will also be managed by Meyer Jabara Hotels when it opens next year. DLR Group of Minneapolis will oversee the architecture, engineering, planning, and interior design of both MSCCap projects as well.

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