On Dec. 18, the DeKalb City Council earmarked $2.5 million in surplus funds from the tax increment financing district known as TIF 2. The funds will be finalized in the coming weeks, and Cronauer said he and his co-developer, Charles "Chip" Bylson, are waiting to see whether their ambitious project will receive funding to turn the Fisk property into a 35- to 40-room boutique hotel, with a banquet space, distillery room and restaurant and bar on the 5,000-square-foot lower level.
"The floor plan is subject to change, but it's a nice kind of synergy with weddings, proms [and] dances at the Ellwood House," Cronauer said of the plans for the lower-level space.
He also wants to have bridal suites and other room packages available in the hotel portion of the building. The lobby would be on the lower level, with the street-level entrance for guests only.