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Hotel Bentley Tour

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ALEXANDRIA, La. - News Channel Five's Nolan Crane got a tour of the Hotel Bentley from owner Michael Jenkins who bought the historical, one-of-a-kind building for $3.4 million.

 

The Hotel Bentley, located in the heart of Alexandria, was built in 1908. And more than 100 years later, the new owner, Michael Jenkins says the chandeliers, vaulted ceilings and the buildings structure are still in great shape.

 

"It was a fabulous building when it was built and it is still a one of a kind," says Michael Jenkins.

But he says some areas will need a little touch up and TLC.

 

"It has a few places that we really need to work on. We're going to be doing everything to put it back according to the historical standards," says Michael Jenkins.

 

The Bentley's architecture may look like a museum. In a matter of days, construction crews will work to make this building a home for 21 condominium owners, and 96 hotel rooms.

"We're going to put a rooftop patio on top of the eighth floor, over looking the river and it will be for the condo owners," says Michael Jenkins.

 

Jenkins says he spent $3.4 million to buy the Hotel Bentley to help downtown Alexandria reach its full potential.

 

"The Bentley is the heart of the city," says Michael Jenkins.

 

Other downtown business owners say they are grateful for the vision Jenkins sees for the Hotel Bentley.

 

"I think that the truth of the matter is that downtown will never be what everybody wants it to be until the Bentley reopens. I think it is a critical component of the success of what we hope to see in downtown," says Brent Caplan.

 

Jenkins says buildings are not the only components of a town. It is the people who love what they do and work together to make things happen.

 

"Everything is here and in place. This is the central part of the state, and if we could get the Hotel Bentley back and the Fulton completely operational, we have a fabulous convention center that these two buildings are tied to," says Michael Jenkins.

 

Jenkins hopes to get the Bentley doors open next summer. Jenkins says he has to install an additional staircase to meet the fire code to accommodate the condos being built.

 

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