Power back on at Hotel Northland, mayor says

Hotel Northland chandeliers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The lights are back on at the troubled Hotel Northland, and Green Bay's mayor indicates work is resuming to open the historic downtown hotel next year.

The mayor said on his Twitter account Thursday afternoon "Power is back on at @HotelNorthland! Contractors preparing on site. Opening 2018." The location on the tweet indicated he posted it while visiting the hotel.

The Historical Preservation Commission expressed concerns to Action 2 News last month that the power was off heading into the colder months. The commission was worried about the potential damage to the building.

Green Bay's economic development director, Kevin Vonck, told us at the time, "The power has been disconnected from the building. Utilities have been disconnected, so there's no service to that. The best option, in our view, is really to move forward with receivership, and that is getting a process forward to get the building back open and get workers back on site."

A judge appointed a receiver less than two weeks ago, Oshkosh attorney Paul Swanson. He'll manage financial decision-making to continue the restoration project, which fell into debt after repeated delays and losing lenders as the original contractors fought over the project.