Update on Dilworth Hotel plans

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Beth Gohs

Staff Writer

Bob Grove, president of Tall Pines Investment, spoke at the Boyne Valley Lions Club meeting recently to give an update on his plans to restore the historic Dilworth Hotel.

Originally built in 1912, the Dilworth closed approximately five years ago and, seeking to renew it as a historic piece of Boyne City, Grove decided to purchase and restore the building.

“I’m a business man. I have a shop in Charlevoix and I drive by the Dilworth every week and nobody has done anything with it,” said Grove. “I was having dinner with my wife and Kirk Jabara and his wife and somehow Kirk and I started talking about the Dilworth and Kirk said ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if in a year the Dilworth is a parking lot.’ And that’s kind of what got me going.”

Grove discussed plans for the immediate future concerning the restoration of the Dilworth.

Exterior changes will include: restoration of the brick layout, replacement of the roof and corners, windows and porches and replacement of all pipes and wires in the building.

“The third floor and second floor, a lot of the walls will be removed. Nothing historic is up there because it was all redone 30 years ago,” he said. “We’re trying to save the Dilworth. One of the biggest things I don’t want to happen is I don’t want to be criticized 30 or 40 years from now that we did something that we probably shouldn’t have done.”

Grove plans to restore the radiators that were removed 30 years ago when reconstruction of the building was performed.

“I’ve always had the philosophy that quality lasts,” Grove said. “I’m going to be the first person that’s not going to take income out of the Dilworth. It’s kind of like a hobby. I want to bring it back to what it was.”

He added, “I’ve always criticized other people for how they restored historical buildings, and this is my chance to do it right.”

Grove also said that, when the Dilworth is up and running, in an estimated two years, he plans to have a restaurant included.

Grove closed his presentation by emphasizing his priority: “I’m a businessman … the main objective is to make sure it’s going to be there for another 50 years.”