After almost a full year of planning, public meetings and permitting, the historic Fenway hotel building at 453 Edgewater Drive in Dunedin is ready to formally commence reconstruction under the ownership of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA.
A brief ceremony at the Fenway main entrance was held Tuesday, July 8th at 10:00AM, as representatives of the Taoist Tai Chi Society®, together with Dunedin City Leaders marked the beginning of this ambitious renovation project. The City’s sincere interest was felt immediately as Dunedin City Mayor Julie Ward-Bulalski joined the Taoist Tai Chi welcoming committee in the front of the Fenway. Other attendees included Vice Mayor, Heather Gracy, and Commissioners Deborah Kynes, Bruce Livingston, John Tornga, various other city organization leaders and our Fenway Project Team folks from Klar and Klar Architects Inc., Nelson Construction Company, Gulf Coast Consulting , and Taoist Tai Chi Society officials, Sean Dennison, Pegoty Packman, Jean Swantish, Robin Reardon, and Bill Sweetnam . Each person’s “golden opportunity” came when given a golden tool to hold for ceremonial purposes and a photo op. The group briefly toured the bare bones the lobby. Architect Steven Klar gave an overview of what we have in store for the old place once it is renewed. Even though it was a very warm day everyone took the time to look around and enjoyed being able to go inside and see what has already been accomplished and the condition of the facility.
The former Fenway hotel building sits on 5.2 waterfront acres near the heart of Dunedin and will contain 102 rooms, spacious dining hall and conference room within the 52,000 square foot building originally constructed in 1924 and opened in 1927.
Purchased in June, 2014, the shuttered hotel building and surrounding grounds underwent an extensive cleanup and transformation by the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA, and the project successfully obtained Development Agreement approval from the City of Dunedin on March 18, 2015.
After demolishing some of the dilapidated ancillary buildings and facilities on the property, the main hotel building has undergone a complete interior demolition and now, with new building permits issued, the hotel building will begin to transform itself into the new national headquarters and international conference center for the Taoist Tai Chi Society®. This $10-million project will primarily focus upon renovating the old hotel, which will keep its current exterior appearance and “Fenway” name, and is targeted for reopening in 2016.
For more information on this project and the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA contact Jean Swantish, at 727-734-0929 or email@example.com. The Taoist Tai Chi Society® is currently operating from the Fenway Building “E” located at the corner of Locklie Street and Broadway. The general public is welcome.