By TYLER MASK
People of all ages and demographics showed up for what could be considered a favorable turnout to Tuesday night’s Baker Hotel 4B town hall meeting, put on by the Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce.
The town hall meeting was held in advance of the May 10 special election to determine whether $4 million in public funds paid for using sales tax revenues will be dedicated to the $56.2 million restoration project. Early voting begins Monday.
To kick off the meeting, Baker Restoration Team’s Chad Patton gave some background information on who the development team is and the project that is six years in the making.
The Baker Development Partners LLC (Baker Restoration Team) is as follows:
• Finances and managing member Laird Fairchild.
• Finances and managing member Chad Patton.
• Finances and managing member Brint Ryan.
• General contractor and member Mark Rawlings.
• Operator and member Jeff Trigger.
• Architect, design and procurement team and members Kurt and Beth Thiel.
More than a decade ago, Fairchild began hunting on some property just east of Mineral Wells. Patton would join him on an occasion. After several trips through Mineral Wells, they began falling in love with the city and started having hopes for a restored Baker. More than half a decade later, things are all seeming to come together, and the dreams are becoming a reality.
“In brief, what we are trying to deliver is a four-star destination resort, spa and conference center.” Patton said. “So, let’s date back to what the hotel was in the late ‘20s, and the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s, when folks came here to enjoy the mineral baths and enjoy a nice retreat and relaxation and get out of the city … that is exactly what we are bringing back to Mineral Wells with the hotel.”