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Conrad Fort Lauderdale
|The Ocean Resort Residences at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel|
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|Former names||Trump International Hotel & Tower Fort Lauderdale|
|Location||Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|Address||551 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard|
|Construction started||July 2005|
|Design and construction|
|Architecture firm||Michael Graves and Associates|
Oscar Garcia Architects
|Developer||Orchestra Hotels and Resorts|
|Main contractor||Moss Associates|
The Ocean Resort and Residences at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel is a luxury condominium-hotel resort located on ocean-front property on North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The project initially began construction in July 2005, as Trump International Hotel & Tower Fort Lauderdale. The project was initially scheduled to open in 2007, but construction was halted when the project entered foreclosure. After several delays, the condominium-hotel opened in October 2017, as the Conrad Fort Lauderdale.
The property was initially occupied by the Merrimac and Gold Coast hotels, which were built on Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard in the 1950s. A condo hotel project was approved for the site in 2001. In December 2003, Donald Trump was interested in the proposed Gold Coast Merrimac Resort, which had been planned for the site of the two hotels. The 24-story resort had been approved for 240 hotel rooms and 80 timeshare units. After Trump became involved in the project, it was renamed as Trump International Hotel & Tower Fort Lauderdale, with New York developer Roy Stillman and Bayrock Group as partners. The project's developer was Stillman Bayrock Merrimac LLC.
The project was designed by Michael Graves and Associates in collaboration with Oscar Garcia Architects. Graves redesigned the hotel to decrease its previous size. The redesign included 22 fewer units and 215 fewer parking spaces than when the project was initially approved in 2001. The tower was designed to resemble a luxury cruise liner from 1925, and the project would be built on a two-acre site at 551 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard.
The project, considered essential in transforming the beach area into an upper-class tourist destination, was unanimously approved by the Fort Lauderdale commission on February 15, 2005. By that time, the Gold Coast/Merrimac hotel had been gutted to prepare for the new project. Construction was initially scheduled to begin in April 2005, with completion scheduled for 2007. Construction began in July 2005. The tower was expected to cost $200 million.
The project was later planned to open in 2009, but eventually defaulted on a $139 million loan before its opening. In November 2010, Trump announced he was no longer affiliated with the project. The unfinished condo-hotel was sold on March 14, 2012 in a foreclosure auction. The current owner of the property is Quebec, Canada, based Heafey Group. In October 2014, plans were announced to open the project as the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Resort and Residences during the summer of 2015.
The building was later scheduled to open in September 2017, but because of Hurricane Irma it had a soft opening on September 29 and an official opening on October 10, 2017 as Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach. The grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony did not occur until December 19, 2017. It is advertising 290 units consisting of 108 luxury condominium residences and 181 condominium hotel units, which will be managed by Conrad, Hilton Worldwide's luxury brand.
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