The Hotel Hayes

The Site

Opened November 1926, the Hotel Hayes, also referred to locally as the Hayes, is a 10-story, 113,366 square foot brick and limestone Federal style treasure in the heart of Downtown Jackson.

Jackson envisions a vibrant, sustainable, and collaborative future for this iconic building in the heart of downtown.

The City of Jackson and the Jackson Anchor Initiative seek a development partner for the rehabilitation of the historic Hotel Hayes located in the heart of Downtown Jackson. The City is eager to work with qualified respondents in negotiating a mutually beneficial arrangement.

See the RFQ here. Deadline for proposals: October 1, 2021


Will a Developer have a say on the development design, such as Apartments/Condos, instead of hotel development for the Hayes?
Yes, the City will consider all types of scenarios for developing the Hayes.

Are there incentives to help a development achieve an ROI?
Yes, here are the incentives available.

Development & Operating Proforma

Cost breakdown

Contact us with any further questions about the Hayes.

The Hotel Hayes

The Perfect Location

The Hayes is just steps away from unique restaurants, shops, and experiences. From the downtown and beyond, Jackson is buzzing with music, art, breweries, wineries, food, festivals, nature and history, combined with Midwest charm.

It is addressed to 228 W. Michigan Avenue and is sited on a rectangular shaped 0.382-acre parcel at the intersection of West Michigan Avenue and Hayes Court in the same block as the Jackson Carnegie Library (1906), overlooking the expansive Blackman Park and the beautiful Romanesque Revival First Congregational Church (1856) to the east.

Designed by the renowned Chicago architecture firm, Holabird & Roche, the 200-room Hotel Hayes was the city’s crown jewel and the epicenter of Jackson’s social scene. Through the decades the hotel has hosted numerous community gatherings, weddings, and gala events. The site is not currently listed but would be eligible for historic tax credits.

Preferred Development Scenario

The preferred development scenario for the Hotel Hayes involves rehabilitating the existing structures for mixed-use, including commercial, residential, and hotel uses, but most significantly creating a unique destination in the heart of Downtown Jackson. The potential development alternatives assessed in this RFQ include hotel, rental apartments, for-sale condominiums, and retail space.

Inside The Hotel Hayes - Photo Gallery courtesy of JTV

Request for Developer Qualifications

RFQ will also be available on the MEDC website during the proposal response period.

Deadline for proposals: October 1, 2021

Site Showcase

Site Showcase Event:

The City of Jackson and the Jackson Anchor Initiative are working with MEDC’s Redevelopment Ready Sites team to finalize a Developer Showcase. This event will include a welcome and introduction from MEDC and the City, remarks on the Jackson development climate from local companies and investors, an overview of the RFQ and incentive opportunities, followed by a site tour and development Q&A.


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