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(12:02 PM) DoubleTree By Hilton Jamestown Officially Opens

State, county, city and Hamister Group officials during the grand opening ribbon cutting of the new DoubleTree by Hilton Jamestown, located at 150 W. Fourth St., Jamestown. The $21.5 million renovation project features a new gastropub, Pearl City Hops Restaurant and Tavern. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

The doors to the downtown Jamestown Hotel located along Fourth Street are officially opened for the first time since December 2013.

On Tuesday, state, county, city and Hamister Group officials held a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony to announce the $21.5 million renovations of the DoubleTree by Hilton Jamestown have been officially completed.

Mark Hamister, Hamister Group chief executive officer, said it was almost six years ago when city officials invited the Hamister Group, a recognized leader in health care and hotel management with a 41-year history, to look at the downtown hotel prior to a two-day online auction in October 2013. He thanked state, county and city officials for their contributions to the private/public partnership that brought about the newly renovated hotel. He also thanked local business partners, like Artone who is providing high-quality room furniture for the freshly restored hotel. Approximately $600,000 worth of furniture for the hotel rooms was manufactured at Artone, located less than two miles from the hotel.

“We’re committed to this city,” Hamister said.

The Hamister Group developed the full-service hotel that includes 147 rooms, an outdoor patio, indoor pool and a 4,100 square-foot flexible function space. Hamister Group received a $2.4 million state Downtown Revitalization Initiative capital grant and a $200,000 Empire State Development grant to redevelop the formerly vacant hotel property that was originally built in 1979.

Also opening is the Pearl City Hops Restaurant and Tavern, a gastropub serving affordable, flavorful food, all made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients — in a casual chic setting. The project helps to fulfill the need for additional quality downtown lodging, has created 33 new jobs and contributes to the overall beautification and growth of the area.