Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park closes for $4 million repairs

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US: Florida property closes for six months just two years after opening.

The $4 million repair bill is almost half the $9.2 million it cost to build the 137-room property.hotel in the first place.

General manager Scott Wellington said there had been leaking roofs and windows. The owners had hoped to complete the repairs in stages while the hotel was still open, but it was decided that the noise would be an inconvenience so the hotel has closed until mid-June.

Wellington, who started working at the property in June 2011, five months after it opened, said: "There's been crazy stuff. I've got shower tiles with something coming up between them, discoloring them. We've got bricks changing colors and doing all kinds of weird things."

The owners have filed  a law suit against the builder, Cox Schepp of Charlotte, but it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week.

"These things happen in our business," Wellington said. "My history has been with some bigger hotels and I've seen these sorts of things."

A second Aloft property in the city, at Jacksonville Airport, is under different ownership and is trading as normal.

www.starwoodhotels.com/Aloft

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