McCurdy Hotel

McCurdy close to welcoming residents

May 18, 2017

Friday could be moving day for residents hoping to get into the renovated McCurdy Hotel on Evansville’s riverfront.   

The notice on the agreement to let residents move into the McCurdy came in an email from Evansville Fire Department Public Information Officer Dan Grimm Thursday afternoon.

In the note, Grimm wrote that the building commission, the Evansville Fire Department and McCurdy developer The Kunkel Group have reached an agreement to resolve the remaining items on the pre-occupancy inspection checklist.

McCurdy loan should wrap up "this week"

Aug 25, 2015

There’s yet another delay in the long-delayed effort to renovate the McCurdy Hotel, but a city official says it should be a minor setback.

Kunkel Group told Evansville officials last month that it had a multimillion dollar loan commitment to begin the renovation project.

Metro Development Director Kelly Coures tells WNIN that Kunkel hoped to have the loan by the end of last week, but instead heard from Kunkel's attorney who said the loan hadn't cleared yet. 

Master Plan, McCurdy Move Forward

Jul 21, 2015

A Denver-based company has won the right to negotiate with Evansville officials on developing a new downtown master plan. 

The Redevelopment Commission has chosen Progressive Urban Management Associates -- or PUMA -- in collaboration with Hafer Associates of Evansville.

Metro Development Director Kelly Coures tells WNIN that the last master plan was done in 2001, so Downtown needs a new road map.

The plan will be drawn up as the city prepares for construction of the IU School of Medicine, a convention hotel, and the prospect of Tropicana moving its gaming onto land.

McCurdy on endangered list

Apr 23, 2015

Indiana Landmarks has placed Evansville’s McCurdy Hotel on a list of the state's most endangered historic places.

Metro Development Director Kelly Coures tells WNIN that owner Ben Kunkel is making progress on a long-delayed renovation.

The city’s redevelopment commission took action this week to allow the Kunkel Group to use an adjacent city-owned parking lot so crews can remove a storage tank from under the McCurdy.

The hotel opened in 1917. It’s been vacant since 2008.

McCurdy tank to be removed

Apr 21, 2015

Progress is being made in the long-planned renovation of the historic McCurdy Hotel. 

Evansville’s Metro Development Director Kelly Coures says the Redevelopment Commission is allowing the owner, Kunkel Group, to use an adjacent city-owned parking lot for the removal of an underground storage tank.

Coures says the tank probably stored oil that was used for heating the riverfront hotel in its early days.