A massive overhaul to the Graceland complex that was announced last winter is still in the works, but "there's no specific timetable set," said Kevin Kern, spokesman for Elvis Presley Enterprises.
Media mogul Robert F.X. Sillerman got control of the late singer's name and likeness in 2005 after paying out $100 million, according to a story in The New York Times. In March he announced plans to overhaul Graceland, which receives about 600,000 visitors annually, into a destination that would attract many more patrons.
In particular, plans to tear down the 128-room Heartbreak Hotel and replace it with an entertainment complex, two 400-room hotels and restaurants, is still on the drawing board, said Kern. But don't expect the shag carpeting in the mansion's Jungle Room to be taken up and replaced with hardwood floors, the spokesman said.
"The house is a national landmark. You don't make changes like that. You don't change a national landmark,'' said Kern. "There's always the process of maintaining a place, but that doesn't mean you have to make changes. You clean it up. You trim the trees and change out plants, but you don't change the house. Graceland mansion will always be like it was."
Source: Various / Updated: Jul 3, 2006