$6 million changes planned for historic Partridge Inn in Augusta

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The historic Partridge Inn is on the cusp of a $6 million facelift and possible fusion with a major international hotel brand.

The $4.25 million sale of the boutique hotel at 2110 Walton Way became official following a two-day online auction in June.   TODD BENNETT/STAFF
TODD BENNETT/STAFF
The $4.25 million sale of the boutique hotel at 2110 Walton Way became official following a two-day online auction in June.

The $4.25 million sale of the boutique hotel at 2110 Walton Way became official Monday after a two-day online auction in June.

Partridge Inn Holdings LLC is the new ownership group and is headed by hotel developer Rick Patton, who owned The Partridge Inn in 2005 before it went through foreclosure six years later. Patton also is a partner in NorthPointe Hospitality Management LLC, which has taken over management of the property.

The first phase of renovations will begin immediately and focus on sealing the entire building and remodeling the kitchen, dining area and bar. The P.I. Bar and Grill will operate temporarily on a new schedule, open only for breakfast, dinner and Sunday brunch, said interim general manager Jason Smith, who has been brought in for the ownership transition.

The property’s 144 guest rooms also will get new furniture, carpet and furnishings, and the bathrooms could be overhauled.

About 10,000 square feet in meeting and event space, which was part of a $5.6 million renovation project in 2006, will get minor updates. Other work will include improvements to the outdoor pool and courtyard, landscaping and facade.

“I believe there’s going to be a color change,” Smith said of the building’s exterior. “It probably won’t be anything substantial, because it’s had this look for a long time. There’s such history and tradition here. We want to embrace that.”

The bulk of construction will take place from mid-November to mid-February and could lead to the restaurant briefly closing. Smith expects to add at least 25 employees to the current staff of 60 when the renovation project concludes in time for the 2015 Masters Tournament.

“We really hope that this $6 million – aside from some of the roof work that’s required, sealing the building and the kitchen – that the majority of this is going to be very visual to the guests and public who come in for meals and events,” he said.

The restoration is needed to elevate the hotel’s AAA rating from three to four diamonds, which Smith said would allow the owners to pursue affiliation with a brand such as Marriott or Hilton. In doing so, The Partridge Inn could see better marketing and lower operating inventory costs that aren’t available to independent hotels, he said.

“We hope that the investment in the physical product and the possible brand affiliation will enable us to increase our occupancy and the amount of traffic in the restaurant and bar,” he said.

Originally built as a personal home in 1836, the property was converted into The Partridge Inn in 1910. Before the most recent acquisition, the property saw years of financial uncertainty.

Walton Way Hotel LLC, of which Patton was a member, purchased the hotel for $8.1 million in 2005 and completed a multimillion-dollar renovation. However, the entity defaulted on a $16 million loan in 2011. The original lender and shell company for the group that owned Walton Way Hotel LLC purchased the property in a foreclosure sale later that year.

Commercial mortgage special servicer LNR Partners LLC, based in Miami, was brought in after the 2011 foreclosure to return the hotel to a stable footing and prepare the property for the real estate market.

Having been a previous owner, Patton is familiar with the nuances, potential and age-related issues of the property.

Patton, who was unavailable for comment Tuesday, has developed more than 20 hotels in his career, including projects for Hilton, Marriott and InterContinental Hotels Group. His Holiday Inn Resort will open on Jekyll Island later this year.

NorthPointe Hospitality, which manages accounting, food and beverage, staffing and other operations for hotels, handles Patton’s soon-to-open Holiday Inn Resort and his Hilton Garden Inn in Albany, Ga.

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countyman
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countyman 08/19/14 - 03:41 pm
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Patridge Inn

''The restoration also is needed to elevate the hotel’s AAA rating from three to four diamonds, which Smith said would allow the owners to pursue affiliation with a brand like Marriott or Hilton. In doing so, The Partridge Inn could have better marketing and lower operating inventory costs that aren't available to independent hotels, he said.''

The number of visitors coming to Augusta will only increase with the new outlet mall.. I wish this city were more progressive and the water park had been added to the most recent splost.. A $12-$17 million water park would attract people from Columbia, counties located between Augusta/Savannah, and the large area between Augusta/Atlanta.

The city of Augusta needs to create a priority list involving the corridors who are experiencing private growth and need upgrades.. Due to the continued growth in Summerville/Midtown and the growth in the Medical District.. The area of Walton Way between Summerville and Harrisburg is definitely on the list.. The Bon Air hotel(student housing, apartments, condos) old Gurley's(residential or commercial), boxing club(new building or major renovation), etc..

The four star hotel rating is very good news and would instantly upgrade the image of Augusta.. The Sheraton, Home2Suites by Hilton, and the Residence Inn by Marriott underway represent new hotels, but there's several older hotels on the cups of greatness..

The Doubletree hotel(3 star)in the Augusta Exchange can be renovated into a four star/four diamond hotel.. The Marriott downtown has the best chance to become 5 star/5 diamonds, but cities the size of Augusta don't usually offer five star hotels.. Hopefully the TEE center will bring another new hotel downtown soon(Holiday Inn Express) and somebody will finally renovated the Ramada Inn to become three star...

AFjoe
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AFjoe 08/19/14 - 03:56 pm
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Hope something can be done about the smell

I went to the PI many times for various events and each and every time it has a musky smell that just seems to linger. Hope "sealing" it up does the trick.
Parking is also a problem. Folks don't like to park on the side streets and then have to return to their car late at night.

redfish
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redfish 08/19/14 - 04:04 pm
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Great news...

I'm so glad to hear the PI is not going to be turned into another Bon Air bum depository. Maybe the city can put enough heat on the Bon Air owners to make housing bums, drug addicts and drunks unprofitable. Code enforcement should be up there at least once a week with a fine toothed comb. Condemnation would be the quickest way to get a new owner. The Bon Air would make an excellent dorm for GRU.

Sorry countyman; I usually agree with most of what you say here, but Richmond county does not need to be in the water park business. Our inept, uneducated county govt cannot run the basic functions of govt properly. That bunch of clowns trying to run a water park and maintain it would be comical at best and more likely pathetic and tragic.

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Just My Opinion 08/19/14 - 04:14 pm
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As I read this article, I

As I read this article, I kept thinking that, even though I've lived most of my life in Augusta, I've only been to the Partridge Inn a handful...well maybe 2 handfuls...of times! Never spent the night there either. AFjoe is right in the parking stinks there...I do remember that.
As far as the waterpark, I think the idea is great...having been to the one in Statesboro a few times. But I have to agree with redfish, the guys running Richmond County would NOT do a good job of operating it! I would bet that in it's very first season of operation, the health department would come down on it, there would be some sort of criminal element harassing or robbing customers, and there would be some sort of bookkeeping errors going on....in the first season!! IF it made the second season, the word would be out that it's not clean and well-run, and the place would be on it way down and out!
Let Columbia County build it and run it.

countyman
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countyman 08/19/14 - 06:02 pm
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Reality

Redfish... The city of Statesboro just expanded their water park recently.. The park can become apart of the Recreation department similar to the Aquatic Center.. A private developer/group can purchase the water park in the future. The city of Augusta will probably need somebody to promote the water park, because they pretty much suck at promoting the local assets(amphitheater, candlelight jazz, movies at the common, market on the river, diamond lakes, aquatic center, etc)...

Just my opinion.... Richmond County attracts over 1.5 million visitors per year.. The county is more of an destination compared to anywhere else in the CSRA.. The number of new families in Columbia County increased faster between 2000-2010 compared to Richmond, but the trampoline Park is coming to Richmond County.

I believe that Augusta should build the water park off I-520 in South Augusta between Peach Orchard and Doug Barnard.. The Peach Orchard/I-520/Windsor Spring corridor is already growing and this would bring even more private growth..

And can you please inform me of somewhere in CC that's supposedly much safer if the park opened in West Augusta(Carmax area, Augusta Exchange, etc) or North Richmond(Village at Riverwatch, Riverwatch pkwy, etc)? The criminal element in CC just committed a high profile crime that included harassment, arm robbery, carjacking, murder, etc

Proud2Serve
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Proud2Serve 08/20/14 - 12:57 am
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CC Crime

I had a feeling it would only be a matter of time before Countryman spoke about the CC carjacking/murder. How is a transient from Florida part of the CC crime element?

I invite you to take a look at the Richmond Couty Crime Statistics website.

http://www.richmondcountysheriffsoffice.com/crime-statistics.cfm

Now please tell me again why I should recommend living in Richmond County?

As to building a water park in South Augusta, I hope they have lots of security.

countyman
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countyman 08/20/14 - 02:00 am
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Fact

I've notice the same few people who been in Richmond for decades instantly take up for Columbia County every time(Dichotomy, Proud2Serve, Fiat Lux, Little Lamb).. It's sad when the older residents in the county have been victim to the double standards.. The local media is partly too blame and the many of the residents produce the same atmosphere..

There's plenty of people who don't live in Richmond County staying at the RC jail.. The crime still happen in Columbia County either way..

The overall crime statistics for Richmond County have nothing to do with individual areas of the county.. I can't think of one murder in the CBD, West Augusta, North Richmond, Forest Hills, Summerville, etc this year...

I think you should recommend living in Richmond County, because some of the most desirable areas of the CSRA reside there.. Please go ask the developers behind the Whole Foods, outlet mall, etc if you don't believe me.. The CSRA also needs for Richmond County to grow(specifically the urban core) in order to attract high paying jobs/industry..

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Riverman1 08/20/14 - 05:35 am
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Joint is Jumping

"The number of new families in Columbia County increased faster between 2000-2010 compared to Richmond, but the trampoline Park is coming to Richmond County."

Heh, heh, heh. I can see Countyman and his buddies jumping there on Saturday nights.

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bigj706 08/20/14 - 05:58 am
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I used to stay in Richmond

I used to stay in Richmond County and seen plenty of home grown crime makers. Yeah it might be some not from there but I seen plenty from there, and believe me some of them create some of the crime in CC. Why would I stay in my run down part to rob again for the ten millionth time when I can go where people are not looking out for me at because its not part of everyday life there

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corgimom 08/20/14 - 06:43 am
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Countyman, may I point out to

Countyman, may I point out to you that the man that murdered Mr. Delette was from Florida and not Columbia County?

What a bizarre, and totally untrue, thing to say.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/20/14 - 06:45 am
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And Countyman, the reason why

And Countyman, the reason why RC got the outlet mall is because it's between two desireable areas- CC and AC, Richmond County itself doesn't have the demographics for an outlet mall.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/20/14 - 07:57 am
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Countyman, how do you know if

Countyman, how do you know if the people in the jail are residents of Richmond County or not?

countyman
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countyman 08/20/14 - 11:55 am
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Riverman... The trampoline

Riverman... The trampoline parks in Columbia, Chattanooga, Greenville, etc(peer cities) are doing good among the local families..

BigJoe706.... People from Columbia County commit a lot more crimes in RC compared to the other way around.. Let's just focus on drug possession, DUI, shoplifting, etc and not even the major crimes...

Corgimom... The criminal being from Jacksonville has nothing to do with anything.. People don't seem to care when somebody from another city/state commits a crime in RC..

Please name somewhere in CC or AC with better demographics compared to the Village at Riverwatch? The Village at Riverwatch is the premiere site in the CSRA for right now..

Income- Alexander road, Washington rd, Riverwatch pkwy, Furys Ferry, Stevens Creek, etc..

Traffic- Riverwatch pkwy, I-20, Washington road, etc...

The RC jail will always have people from Columbia, Mcduffie, Burke, Lincoln, Aiken, etc...

AFjoe
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AFjoe 08/20/14 - 01:24 pm
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Subject at hand

How does an article about the PI go from that to talking crime in RC vs CC. I don't get it.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/20/14 - 01:41 pm
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Socialism or Fascism?

Countyman posted:

I wish this city were more progressive and the water park had been added to the most recent splost.. A $12-$17 million water park would attract people from Columbia, counties located between Augusta/Savannah, and the large area between Augusta/Atlanta.

To commit $12-$17 million of taxpayer money for a government to build a water park lies somewhere between absurd and obscene.

By the way, don't they have a fancy water feature down at the Kroc Center? How many tourists is that attracting?

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AutumnLeaves 08/20/14 - 04:37 pm
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corgimom, his last name is

corgimom, his last name is DaVitte: Full name William Rountree DaVitte. I'll try to remove this once you correct the spelling, if you get around to it.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 08/20/14 - 04:43 pm
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Maybe because of things like

Maybe because of things like car break-ins in the surrounding area, and such, AFJoe. Someone has to be pretty low down to steal a mom's diaper bag out of her car, for instance.

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