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Fixing the Fulton

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Once the jewel of Downtown Alexandria, the Alexander Fulton Hotel is under new management, and the city hopes the change will be permanent.

The Alexander Fulton Hotel has lost the prestige it once held and the City of Alexandria saw a need for something to be done.  

"If this hotel is not held to a standard, which it has not been operating at for many many years, ultimately it's too much time." Said Mayor Jacques Roy.

Conventions like the Louisiana Rural Water Association once called the Fulton home, but LRWA Executive Director Patrick Cradeur says the hotel conditions made him relocate the convention that once brought nearly 1,500 people to Downtown Alexandria.   

"The rooms were not kept up, they weren't clean, the elevators, we had to pull so many people out of the elevators, the last two years that I was there that I just got scared of somebody getting hurt." Said Cradeur.

The City looked to new management and an emergency ordinance was put in place, entrusting operations of the Fulton for 6 months to Windfeel properties of New Orleans.   

"The Fulton Ordinance that authorized the lease is going to run out, and we needed to re-up it and we needed to do it in a hurry because we're making a change in the management group." Said Mayor Roy.

The group, run by Eric and Reggie Winfield will look to return the hotel to it's former glory.   

"The citizens of Alexandria own that hotel, and it's somewhat embarrassing what's happening, you walk in you cannot identify the employees, by uniform, by name badge, by sticker, that's just not acceptable." Said Reggie Winfield.

Both Windfeel Properties and the City say they hope this ordinance will turn into a permanent solution.  

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