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Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs boarded up

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 19, 2014 at 7:12 a.m.

Jared Yarberry Construction employee Tyler Vines screws a piece of plywood over a window at the Majestic Hotel on Monday, February 17, 2014. The company was boarding up all the windows and doors on the building Monday.

Trucks can be seen outside the Majestic Hotel on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. The hotel has been closed since 2006.

HOT SPRINGS — The historic Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs is now boarded up.

The hotel complex closed in 2006 after operating for 124 years. City officials say the structure isn't habitable in its current condition and needed to be secured to keep people out.

The Majestic had been owned by the same company that owns the nearby Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa but was sold to Arc Arkansas, which planned to convert the property to apartments, with ground-floor retail.

That plan never got off the ground.

Now the hotel is owned by a business run by Garrison Hassenflu of Kansas City, Mo. The Sentinel-Record reported that he listed the property for sale in 2013 but said it is still possible to turn it into an apartment and retail venture.

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JoeKel says... February 19, 2014 at 3:44 p.m.

Now they need to come back with new hotel in the same area with a period style design to get tourist staying downtown. I love the Arlington but it is now a declining historic hotel and is losing its appeal as a comfort-centered convention hotel. You need the walking tourist to keep the downtown vital.

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