Opening of Hotel Northland gets pushed back

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- The opening date of Hotel Northland gets pushed back, now with a goal of opening in the first quarter of next year. The Green Bay City Council voted Tuesday to give owner Keith Harenda two months to get his finances in order and report back to council with an update.

Council President Tom De Wane made a failed motion to take the project into foreclosure.

"It would be cutting off our nose to spite our face if we decided that, 'no- we're going to foreclose on them,'" Alderwoman Barb Dorff told Action 2 News Wednesday morning. "We would lose so much money if we did that. And I really believe that this project will go forward and I believe we're going to have a beautiful hotel. I'm a lot more confident than I was maybe two months ago."

"I think that's the last thing that should happen, and it certainly shouldn't happen from the city," said Alderman Randy Scannell.

"We had other finance people there who have a lot more skin in the game than Green Bay does, and they seem confident that this is going to go through," said Alderman Bill Galvin.

Harenda says there are two new developers signing onto the project, bringing in some much needed cash. This comes after a long battle over ownership of the hotel and troubled finances. Last month, officials told us the project is about 75 percent done.

For Colburn Pool, Alderman Chris Wery is pushing the council to vote to re-build, saying donors who previously pulled out of funding Colburn will likely come back if the council approves the project. The council is still divided on what they want to happen with the stalled project.

"I'm still not on board. If anything, it's gotten more costly because the donor dollars are gone," said Galvin.

"Even if we had those big donors back, it still might be too expensive, we'll see," said Scannell.

"I've always been very supportive of the 50 meter pool and I will continue to support that concept if there's any feasible way that we can come up with the funding," said Dorff.

The Colburn Pool will be discussed at the next council meeting, July 18th.