Study to be completed ahead of city’s 45-day requirement
HOT SPRINGS – Sky Capital Group LP, the new owner of The Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa in Hot Springs, announced Wednesday that it has executed contracts with Arkansas-based Cromwell Architect Engineers to begin studies to address concerns raised by the City of Hot Springs citing a September 2016 engineering report commissioned by the hotel’s previous owners. The study will address key concerns including the Central Wing, West Face, Seventh Floor, North End and Fountain Wing.
In a letter issued Sept. 14, 2017, by the City of Hot Springs, city attorney Brian Albright asked that Sky Capital engage a “certified design professional” to look at five specific areas of the hotel to get an independent opinion and submit a plan of action within 45 days. Delineated in the letter are the five key areas referenced above, two of which have already been addressed by the previous owners, but will be certified by Cromwell. Per the scope of work in the contract, Cromwell will conduct an extensive study including drone footage, engineer analysis and 3-D scans to issue an in-depth report.
“The safety of our staff, the public and our guests is the hotel’s top priority,” said Al Rajabi, CEO of Sky Capital Group LP. “There was an appeal filed yesterday, but that is regarding a legal technicality that needs to be addressed. We were in conversations with engineers before the letter was received last week and work will begin as soon as tomorrow morning. I wanted to work with a highly respected, local firm that was also committed to meeting my request of expediting the process. We are pleased Cromwell has accepted the assignment and they will share a detailed project timeline next week, with a commitment to a full report within four weeks.”
“We are eager to begin moving forward with our study,” said Joe Hilliard, director of engineering at Cromwell Architects Engineers. “As a 132-year-old Arkansas company, it is an honor to work on an Arkansas icon such as the Arlington and our professionals are committed to ensuring the highest levels of quality and integrity throughout this process.”
Sky Capital Group LP purchased the Arlington on July 10, 2017. The top-to-bottom renovation will include a strategic, phased approach so that the hotel can remain open while work is underway, allowing the nearly 200 Arlington staff to continue to serve guests and anchor the Central Avenue Historic District.
Photo courtesy of The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa