Perry Patel, a partner of the project developer BPR Properties, is planning a complete hotel conversion beginning this month. The Petaluma, California, historic and iconic silk mill building is on its way to getting a major seismic overhaul and a new life as a 76-key boutique hotel.
“We’re pretty close to starting the actual construction work inside,” Patel told the Argus Courier in a late-August interview. “When you’re working with an old, existing building, it just depends on what you uncover while you’re working through it. But thus far, it has been pretty smooth.”
Closed down since 2007, the vacant building became a frequent target for break-ins. BPR received approval in February to convert the building into a hotel.
“It’s amazing to be able to walk in that building and go on the second floor – it almost feels like you are seeing a football field in there. It’s massive. It’s beautiful seeing it all cleaned up,” Patel told the Argus Courier.