Restoration of Dunedin’s Historic Fenway Hotel Gets Underway
The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA bought the property in May 2014 and expects the $10-million renovation to be finished next summer.
DUNEDIN – After almost a full year of planning, public meetings and permitting, renovation of the historic Fenway hotel building is getting underway. The hotel’s new owner, the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA, held a ceremony at the hotel last month (July) with Dunedin officials to mark the occasion.
When renovations are complete, the hotel, 453 Edgewater Drive, will become the new national headquarters and international conference center for the Taoist Tai Chi Society®. It will have 102 rooms, a spacious dining hall and conference room within the 52,000 square foot building. The $10-million project will primarily focus upon renovating the old hotel, which will keep its current exterior appearance and Fenway name, according to the Society.
Under the Society’s ownership, the shuttered hotel building and surrounding grounds have already undergone an extensive cleanup and transformation. The Society has also demolished some of the dilapidated ancillary buildings and facilities on the property. The main hotel building has undergone a complete interior demolition.
The long-closed Fenway sits on about 5.2 waterfront acres near the heart of Dunedin. The society bought the property in May 2014 for $2.8 million, according to records from the Pinellas County Property Appraiser.
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