Trump hotel deal in Dallas falls through: report

Trump hotel deal in Dallas falls through: report
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A developer seeking to build a Trump-brand hotel in Dallas now says the deal has collapsed, according to a new report.

Developer Mukemmel “Mike” Sarimsakci told Dallas City Council members Tuesday that he will instead work with a different hotel company, The Dallas Morning News said

The Morning News said Sarimsakci initially planned on launching one of the Trump Organization’s new Scion luxury hotels on a vacant lot near Dallas City Hall.


Sarimsakci cited public opposition to the project as his reason for abandoning it, according to city Councilmen Philip Kingston and Adam Medrano.

“It is very common in the hospitality business that some projects do not come to fruition,” a Trump Organization spokeswoman said in a Wednesday email.

“That is why we prefer to be sure that all potential deals are appropriately vetted and completely negotiated before any announcement.”

The possibility of a Trump hotel in Dallas sparked protests at its potential location and City Hall last month, according to the report.

More than 1,000 residents signed a “No to Scion” petition that was delivered to Mayor Mike Rawlings (D), it added.

“We’re pleased this project is not going forward,” Joanna Cattanach, the protest effort’s organizer, said Wednesday.

Sarimsakci, who calls himself the “Turkish Trump,” abandoned a separate Trump-brand hotel project in St. Louis last November following residents’ opposition. 

The Trumps operate more than a dozen luxury hotels worldwide, with the Scion brand meant to be a more affordable option.

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