The Pioneer Hotel is back in business - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

The Pioneer Hotel is back in business

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Wondering about all the dust around Broadway? The historic Pioneer Hotel is getting a facelift.

McDougal Companies is revamping the Lubbock landmark, and though it may not look like much right now, the 87-year-old building will soon feature condos, retail and office spaces, and possibly a restaurant.

Marc McDougal of McDougal Companies said they purchased the building about five years ago. It has worn many hats and was even used as a retirement facility. But that facility closed many years ago and the building has been vacant since then.

"When this was built, this was the place in downtown Lubbock for a number of years." McDougal said.

Though it is covered in dust right now, the Pioneer still exudes classic old-world flare. Mark McDougal says they're ready to share its rich history with residents and thinks the project is exactly what the downtown area needs.

"It's going to be the first major project to open up under the city's new redevelopment plan." McDougal said.

McDougal told us that construction has had its setbacks. This is the second time McDougal has worked on this project. Back in 2008, they had the same plans; however because the real estate market was so bad, they halted construction.

Every window in the Pioneer was originally built on-site. Meaning not one window is exactly the same size. McDougal told us that made construction prices go up.

The builders are confident that the project will be a success. McDougal told us they have more names on the list than they have space for

McDougal says the glory days of the Pioneer are back.

Copyright 2012 KCBD NewsChannel 11

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