July 27, 2005

A proposal to build what would be the country's tallest buildling -- with a rooftop spire poking past the 2,000-foot mark -- will be revealed later this week in Chicago. Architect Santiago Calatrava and developer Christopher T. Carley of the Fordham Co. envision a 115-story building that would include a 20-story hotel and 200 to 250 luxury condos near Navy Pier. A conceptual sketch posted on the Chicago Tribune website shows the building twisting into the air like a drill bit.

Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts will manage a new 179-room property in Dublin's Grand Canal Dock area. The property, part of a mixed-use complex that also includes office, residential, retail and entertainment facilities, will open in December 2006.

The city of Roseville, Calif., about 20 miles northeast of Sacramento, agreed to give a $10 million loan to a development project that will include a 35,000-square-foot conference center, a 250-room Embassy Suites and most likely a second, full-service luxury hotel within a decade.  

The 397-room Holiday Inn Select Niagara Falls (N.Y.) has been sold. It will be converted to a Crowne Plaza hotel, to be managed by Sentry Hospitality, which also runs the nearby Conference Center Niagara Falls.

The 755-room Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel & Towers, in Mexico City's Zona Rosa business district, will finish renovating its 24 meeting rooms on Aug. 1. Able to host up to 2,000 people, the meeting space has new carpeting, lighting, air conditioning and audiovisual and translation equipment. Wireless Internet access will be installed throughout the property by Sept. 1.