The Lovett Inn bed and breakfast may soon become a Montrose crash pad for globetrotting youngsters. Owner Dan Lueken tells Swamplot that he’s in negotiations to sell the 1923 home of former Houston Mayor Joseph C. Hutcheson to Hostelling International.
Lueken says the property at 501 Lovett St. is under contract, but that a closing date has not been determined, and that certain negotiations about the property are “ongoing.” Lueken has owned and lived in the Lovett Inn for 7 years. “They approached me,” he says, “And I decided to move on and do other things.” If the sale goes through, this will be Hostelling International’s second hostel in Texas. The organization manages a network of 60 properties in the U.S. and many more around the world; the nearest location is in Austin. Visitors of all ages are allowed to stay at HI properties (a membership is required), but the organization says the majority of its guests are between 18 and 30.
Neartown Superneighborhood Association President David Robinson said assembled Montrose residents greeted a Hostelling International presentation last night about the sale mostly with “curiosity, and a little bit of concern” — especially about a parking variance the new owners will seek from the planning commission next Thursday. He said Hostelling representatives Barbara Wein and Doug Markham showed the mostly approving group “a bunch of slides, showing some of the gorgeous places they have around the world.”