Today, it’s an airport-area hotel, a place where $100 will get you a king-size bed and a continental breakfast. But soon, the Ramada Inn near the corner of E. Broad Street and S. Hamilton Road in Whitehall could become something much different.
Last week, the city announced that it was working with Wallick Communities to transform the hotel to an assisted-living facility for seniors. A massive redevelopment would fashion the old hotel property into 131 private suites designed around a cafe and lounge.
Tonight, the Whitehall City Council will take its first look at the city’s piece of the deal: a proposed 10-year, 40 percent property-tax abatement on the estimated $8.4 million project. For Whitehall, swapping a hotel for a senior community development feeds into a larger goal of improving conditions along one of the city’s key roads.