The former Alhambra Hotel in downtown Mesa will begin its new life as a residence facility for Benedictine University at Mesa students with a dedication ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, at 43 S. MacDonald in downtown Mesa, about a mile from BenU at Mesa’s main campus building at 225 E. Main St.
Speakers will include Benedictine University President Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D., M.F.A.; Benedictine University at Mesa Campus Executive Officer Charlie Gregory; Lorenzo Perez, co-owner of Venue Projects; Chris Brady, manager of the City of Mesa; Chris Glover, District 4 councilmember, City of Mesa; and the Honorable John Giles, mayor of the City of Mesa.
Most recently a transitional living facility and transient hotel, the Alhambra now features single or double suites with such amenities as study areas, lounges, a café, kitchens, laundry and exercise rooms, an outdoor commons area, patio space and parking. The $3.5 million renovation will initially accommodate 53 students. A second phase buildout will create space for about another 10 students.