January 24th, 2017

Atticus Hotel Plans Unveiled

Atticus Hotel McMinnville Oregon
Drawing by Nathan Cooprider LLC

Locally-Owned, Oregon-Inspired Luxury Hotel to be Built in Downtown McMinnville
36-Room, full-service hotel set to open in Spring 2018

McMinnville, Ore. (January 24, 2017) The Atticus Hotel, a new locally-owned, Oregon inspired luxury hotel, is set to break ground in historic downtown McMinnville in May 2017, with an official opening in Spring 2018.

The 36-room boutique hotel aims to create a meaningful guest experience in the heart of Oregon’s Wine Country by curating local history, art and products into an intimate and personal luxury experience. It will be located on the corner of NE Fourth and NE Ford Streets.

The property, a 22,640 square-foot, four-story building being developed by the Odd Fellows Building (OFB) LLC, will be leased in its entirety by Live McMinnville LLC., which will operate the Atticus Hotel. The lessee also runs the popular 3rd Street Flats, a boutique lodging company with two locations in downtown McMinnville. Erin Stephenson and Brian Shea are co-owners of Live McMinnville and operators of the hospitality business. They share ownership of OFB with Rob Stephenson and Jeb Bladine, all of McMinnville.

“The Atticus is our love song to McMinnville and an invitation to aspirational travelers who are seeking a sense of discovery,” said Erin Stephenson, a member of both LLCs. “We want guests to feel like a part of our community, rather than just casual observers passing through. Our historic downtown location will put visitors in the heart of the city’s vibrant wine and culinary scenes, allowing them to fully experience one of the most charming main streets in the nation.”

The OFB LLC has chosen Oregon architect Nathan Cooprider to design the hotel and R&H Construction of Portland as the general contractor. The project is being financed locally by Citizen’s Bank in partnership with the Oregon Economic Development Corporation and the United States Small Business Administration.

“It’s our hope that the building will look as if it’s always been a part of downtown McMinnville. To achieve our design goals, we hired an architect who grew up in the area and designed the KAOS building in downtown McMinnville,” continued Stephenson. “Nathan has a history of working closely with the City of McMinnville to ensure the finished designs blend seamlessly into city scenery. Nathan’s local roots and impressive resume working for some of Portland’s largest architectural firms make him a perfect fit for the Atticus.”

In its quest to offer a truly memorable Oregon wine country stay, the Atticus’ team will work closely with the community securing local wares and services to be offered at the hotel.
The hotel is forecast to bring an estimated $63,000 in annual revenue for McMinnville’s Urban Renewal District through property tax dollars, over $200,000 a year in local Transient Lodging Tax, and an estimated 50 new jobs to the city. Estimates predict that hotel guests will spend about $2 million annually at local businesses which will provide a boost to the local economy.

Eighteen wineries and tasting rooms are located within walking distance along the town’s quaint and historic downtown stretch. The Willamette Valley continues to be a big draw for locals and tourists alike, with tourism rates in Oregon rising 54 percent in the last three years. New wine country restaurants and boutiques have made the area even more appealing.

Set to open in late spring of 2018, the Atticus will offer a variety of studio and one-bedroom suites from $300 per night, as well as a 2-bedroom 2.5-bath penthouse. The hotel will also feature amenities including a conference room, exercise facility, business center, private dining space, and a restaurant and bar. Guests can expect a full accouterment of services, including valet parking, in room dining, 24-hour concierge, and group sales coordination.

The Atticus Hotel
Opening in Spring of 2018, the Atticus will be a full-service hotel in Historic Downtown McMinnville—the heart of Oregon’s Wine Country. Locally owned and operated, the 36-room Atticus has grown out of the roots of the community and will weave the collective story of a small town into the fabric of the hotel, ensuring every guest feels a sense of belonging and discovery. Embodying the spirit of McMinnville, the Atticus shares its layered history through carefully curated local art, products and furnishings, and ensures that a spirit of generosity defines each stay. For more information visit atticushotel.com or contact hello@atticushotel.com. Find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/atticushotelmcminnville and on Instagram as @atticushotel.

Live McMinnville
Live McMinnville LLC, co-owned by Erin Stephenson & Brian Shea, successfully launched a boutique lodging company in 2011 as 3rd Street Flats. The 3rd Street Flats brand now has two thriving locations in the heart of Historic Downtown McMinnville, and has earned rave reviews from the media and guests on travel websites. For more info visit www.thirdstreetflats.com.

Odd Fellows Building LLC
The OFB LLC is a commercial real estate holding company with various properties in Historic Downtown McMinnville and is currently developing the Atticus Hotel property. Owned by local McMinnville residents Erin Stephenson, Brian Shea, Rob Stephenson and Jeb Bladine, the company is deeply rooted in the Willamette Valley.