GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- Hotel Northland’s management team held its first job fair Tuesday hoping to hire employees for its November grand opening.
“I’m looking for a permanent housekeeping position,” said Kendal.
Twenty-one-year-old Kendal lives within walking distance and is hoping to become part of the team that finally opens Hotel Northland’s doors this November.
“Here’s what I can tell you, we are going to open on a Thursday,” said John Williams, Hotel Northland’s general manager. “Marriott opens hotels on Thursday.”
Although an official opening date has yet to be set, they are accepting reservations for next year.
However, before guests arrive Williams said they’ve still got some work to do. The goal is to hire about 135 people. Because the hotel is partially funded by a HUD (Housing and Urban Development) grant, there are some requirements they have to meet when it comes to hiring.
“With the HUD loan, the agency looks to provide opportunity for low to moderate individuals in the community,” said Kevin Vonck, Green Bay’s development director. “So part of the requirements are at least half of those jobs have to be offered to individuals that meet those income requirements or live in those qualified census tracks in the city. We feel they will be able to meet those objectives and provide great opportunities for those individuals to get a great job at the hotel.”
Ten years ago when talks began about renovating Hotel Northland, the project was estimated to cost $30-$40 million. Over the years, the cost has doubled and is into the $50-$60 million range.
“There’s been a lot of hard work put in this, a lot of bumps in the road there, but we saw the potential for this hotel,” said Vonck.
Vonck said it’s important to note that the hotel’s historical integrity and quality has been maintained throughout the entire process.
“We are still going to have this 4 diamond, boutique hotel. That has been important for city, that corners haven't been cut and (we) haven't done things on the cheap to diminish anything that was promised originally,” said Vonck.
“We have protected the historic fabric of the hotel, the floors, the woodwork, the light fixtures and that will spur incredible memories when people walk in the door,” said Williams.
Hotel Northland’s job fair continues Wednesday from 11am-7 p.m. at the YMCA in downtown Green Bay and again next Tuesday and Wednesday.