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Historic Pioneer Hotel dining room to be renovated for future business

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The Pioneer Hotel, once the social center of downtown, now a tower of office space, is getting a new business addition after renovations are made to the former dining room.

SinfoniaRx, a technology-based health care company, will be relocating its headquarters to the dining room, once frequented by guests at the Pioneer Hotel.

It’s a joint venture with Holualoa Pioneer LLC., which owns the Pioneer Building. MW Morrissey Construction is the contractor.

"Although it's a tenant space, it's going to bring something back that disappeared overtime and that will just be fantastic,” said Perry Witthorne, asset manager with SinfoniaRx.

Twenty-eight people died on Dec. 20 1970, after a fire engulfed the Pioneer Hotel.

A 29th victim passed away from injuries one week later.

Louis Taylor, 16, was arrested and convicted for setting the fire.

But new evidence led to Taylor’s release in 2013.

"One thing we're going to do is we're going to honor the people who died here. We're going to put up a plaque in their memory with their names,” said Michael Kasser, president of Holualoa Companies.

It’s about preserving history while adapting to the times, bringing in business and helping grow the Old Pueblo.

“My philosophy is always you can't have a successful city without the core being successful. In the

70's 80's, everything was sort of flat. Now this goes back to the old architecture and I think it's going to be nice,” Kasser said.

The project, estimated to cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, is anticipated for completion by May 2018. 

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