Just got an email blast from Chester Trabucco of Citizens Hotel. Seems that there's now word of a more "attractive" offer that AF Evans is exploring in their Winthrop dealings. Seems Trabucco, Quigg and the Citizens Hotel group haven't given up hope and are certainly aware that this property may be more attractive than ever in the eyes of investors near and far. Here's the important parts of the email:
I received a call late Friday from Tory Laughlin-Taylor of A.F. Evans that they had entered into an agreement and were "under contract" with a party other than Citizens Hotel et al.
Our attorney had been in contact with Evans' counsel via email to begin drafting a Purchase and Sale Agreement on roughly the terms and schedule that we had initially understood them to be, including the provision for a 250K non-refundable earnest money agreement (without the special financing requirements), but apparently a more "attractive" offer was presented.
They (Evans) presumably either closed with Hanson or made arrangements to extend w/Hanson, but in any event, indicated it was a "short fuse deal" and that Evans would know whether the party was going to move forward by no later than Wednesday COB of this week.
I'm sure we will learn more this week; Tacoma is a small town in terms of its communications circles. I'm even assuming a number of you may have already been privy to this info by now.
For our part, we will stick with the mission until we are convinced the situation is dead. Tory and I agreed that we would talk on Thursday and that our team will be prepared to assess the situation if and when there is something to talk about.
Thank you all for your part in supporting this worthy endeavor to this point. In the final analysis, I believe the course that the Winthrop will take will be the right one for your community, regardless of who takes the helm.
From KFnet friend Erik Bjornson's perspective, the good news in this and about the Winthrop is:
1) The property is apparently highly sought after by many different entities each jostling for position. The Quigg group, myself, TNT editorial board and many others were right that the property had a higher use than what it was being used for and was desirable and commercially viable. The people who told us that the Winthrop Hotel could not be used for anything again but a high rise low income housing project have been proven wrong.
2) We will learn more [today]. However, it is very likely that the property will come back on the market again and we should know this very soon. For all we know, the new potential buyers may just want to sell to the Quigg group for a premium.
I'm sure there's more to come on this and, whoever the buyer, you can bet I'll still be skipping to the Quigg-inspired beat of helping expand affordable housing in Tacoma, re-locating current Winthrop residents, and turning that sucker into one heck of a hotel.