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      City Center's new owners announce franchise agreement

      The former City Center Hotel will become a Quality Inn & Suites.

      Great River Hospitality, which purchased the property at auction in October, announced that it signed a franchise agreement with Choice Hotels.

      The 145-room property at 201 S 3rd St. was built in 1984 as a Holiday Inn. It was owned by the Albanese family of Springfield, Ill. Marine Bank took over the property which sold it to Abbott Development in 2008.

      "The property has a lot of potential and is well built", Tracy Holdings general manager Stan Seibert said. "We shut down the property on Nov. 15 and have been working hard to clean all areas, update equipment and systems and finish renovations on several rooms."

      About 60 of the renovated rooms will be open by January. The rest of the rooms will open under the Quality Inn & Suites banner by summer.