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Posted: May 15, 2015 Downtown hotel's renovation on task

Everything is running efficiently for the transformation of the former Ramada hotel on Barstow Street into The Lismore, according to Julia Johnson, Pablo Properties, Partner.

"Construction is right on track in both the event halls and the hotel. There is an awesome buzz of activity throughout the property.  After months of demo, dust and removal, the plans that have lived on paper are taking shape in physical form," Johnson said.

The halls, which will be used for an event center, features two 6,000 square foot rooms, will be completely finished by June. The mechanical, electrical and plumbing work has been completed and is now in the process of getting new wall covering.

"The design aesthetic is comfortable and classic with neutral colors, warm wood tones, clean lines and some refurbished original hardware.  New spaces like main floor bathrooms and a catering kitchen are well underway and will be a great improvement in the functionality of the event halls," she said.

As for the hotel and businesses to be located on its first floor, those will be finished later in the year.

"When the property was purchased the renovation plans were not as extensive as what is being built now.  As each space was explored the need for replacement was apparent.  The outcome is a brand new hotel, and that is something we are very proud of," she added.

Johnson said the former Ramada has basically been gutted down to its structure. If someone were to currently stand inside on the first floor, they would simply see exterior wall to exterior wall. The current exterior wall is framed and insulated, which Johnson said accounts for the current bright-yellow look outside. The yellow will soon be covered with a white moisture barrier and by fall, will be finished with black metal panels.

Johnson added "everything has been running smoothly since construction has started.  We are excited to provide a nice place to eat, stay and gather in Downtown Eau Claire."

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