McCabe renovating Inn on Fifth to match other Fifth Avenue South project

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Renovations began on Monday to the second and third floor rooms at The Inn on Fifth in Downtown Naples on Monday.

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Scott McIntyre/Staff Renovations began on Monday to the second and third floor rooms at The Inn on Fifth in Downtown Naples on Monday.

Renovations to the Inn on Fifth began this week with hopes of finishing in two months. Owner Phil McCabe will match the old building with his new project across the street on Fifth Avenue South.

New vanities, fixtures, carpeting, wall colors and furniture will replace the old. The lobby will be redone. McCabe said the change marks a shift from a traditional "Tommy Bahama-type feel" to a contemporary design for the 16-year-old hotel, which has been renovated once before.

"There are very significant challenges in renovating while we're still open," he said. "We picked the slowest six weeks at the end of August and beginning of September."

Guests can stay in two thirds of the hotel on a rotating schedule while renovations take place in the other third.

Stormwater improvements to Fifth Avenue South and other downtown streets are not expected to delay construction, McCabe said, adding that weather will not hinder progress on the new building now that the structure is fully enclosed.

Meanwhile, the existing building's facade will be updated with new railings on the second floor balcony along with new awnings and paint. New stone cladding will be installed with stone shipped in from Jordan. The same stone will cover the walls of the new building — a $15 million project-- which is still on schedule for completion by December. That building will house 32 suites for McCabe's Inn along with commercial space on the first floor.

McCabe has yet to announce a second clothing retailer for the first floor of the store, but the anchor tenant Chase Bank will be accompanied by Boston Proper, a women's fashion retailer and branch of Chico's.

"I can tell you I've turned away about 20 (potential tenants)" McCabe said. "We're looking for the right tenant. The demand for retail space on Fifth Avenue has never been stronger in the history of the street."

The facade for McCabe's Irish Pub & Grill will stay the same.

McCabe said he is already accepting reservations for the suites for December and has booked some social gatherings.

"July was a record-breaking July for us," McCabe said of the number of guests his existing hotel accommodated. "But it's not just me, it's all hotels in Collier County."

Lise Sundrla, executive director of the Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District, said the renovations and construction have been exciting for the entire street.

"It just shows that you can reinvent a good thing and make it even better," she said, adding that for a time the district was at one point fielding phone calls about the new retail space on the building's first floor.

"Prior to that (McCabe) was fielding the phone calls himself," she said. "Lots of folks are very interested in that space."

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