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Grand Reopening?

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The New Grand Hotel closed its doors back in December after failing to meet health code inspections and letting its lodging permit expire.

Over the past few months management says they have be conducting renovations to correct issues. 

Newschannel 6  talked with Ken Goodwin, the hotel's General Operations Manager about the hotel's status. He declined an on-camera interview, but did allow us inside the hotel.

Goodwin said the hotel is about 65-percent complete. He said their biggest hold up was its insurance company, coming to inspect the building.

Goodwin said the hotel has acquired a permit from the city to begin repairing its roof and said will begin construction once their insurance company is finished inspecting.

In order for the hotel to reopen, it must meet code and health inspections set by the City and the Wichita County Public Health District. It also must reapply for its lodging permit. 

Lou Kriedler, Director of Health with the Wichita Falls - Wichita County Public Health District said inorder for the hotel to receive its lodging permit it must fix  existing problems and be at "75 percent occupancy."

Goodwin said the hotel has 240 rooms, but Windsor Business Solutions the company that owns the hotel plans to make the building part hotel and part senior independent living; cutting the hotel lodging number down from 240 to 100 rooms.

Management said its goal is to be open for business by July 27 and have 100 rooms in its main atrium ready for occupancy.

Goodwin said about 65 of those rooms are pre-booked for people participating in Hotter'n Hell. 

He also said while there are some concerns about whether or not it will be ready in time, he is extremely confident that it will be complete. 

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6