Thursday, July 26, 2007

It's Hammons, not Hammonds

You'd think after developing 185 hotels over nearly a half-century, Missouri hotelier John Q. Hammons (right) could get a little respect. But in Colorado Springs, they don't know how to spell his name. Hammons has said he plans to build a 220- to 240-room Embassy Suites hotel in southwest downtown as part of an urban renewal project, and a 306-room Renaissance Hotel as part of the InterQuest Marketplace shopping center on the city's far north side. But the city's Urban Renewal Authority often spells Hammons' name as "Hammonds" in planning documents, while Nor'wood Development Group -- the Springs real estate company developing InterQuest Marketplace -- does the same on its Web site. Everybody misspells a name now and then. Of course, this is the name of a man who's investing tens of millions of dollars in the Springs.

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