At the start of 2010, the Besse Hotel was just an empty building. Signs of tenants long gone still marked the inside, while roof problems were affecting the outside. Now, the building is rejuvenated and open for business again, but in a new function.

At the start of 2010, the Besse Hotel was just an empty building. Signs of tenants long gone still marked the inside, while roof problems were affecting the outside. Now, the building is rejuvenated and open for business again, but in a new function.

Garrison Development spent 2010 renovating and overhauling the Besse Hotel, which had not had a full-time operation within its walls since 1979.

The 13-story tower is now the home to 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments for low- to moderate-income housing.

More than $10 million in total reconstruction costs were spent, much of it through historic and state tax credits. More than $1.17 million coming from a guaranteed loan from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development. The project got underway in February, and was dedicated in December.