George West expects Holiday Inn Express
by Rita Arnst
Aug 25, 2010 | 1381 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pending city council approval of a tax abatement, George West may soon be sporting a new Holiday Inn Express with an accompanying a “mini” Chili’s restaurant or IHOP.

Peggy Moffett, representing Ocean Gate Developers of McAllen, addressed George West city officials on Monday, Aug. 16, to give a presentation on Ocean Gate’s objectives with regards to building a four-story Holiday Inn Express.

“I represent the developer [Ocean Gate] and they wish to build a nice lodging facility in George West. I am here to introduce the project to you and answer questions regarding this project. Holiday Inn Express is a very visible name and is the third largest hotel in the nation, designed to bring comfortable, clean, rooms at an affordable price. We are looking at building a four-story facility with 72 rooms, both indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a nice banquet meeting room for up to 85 people. Additional amenities include technology installed for presentations and seminars with 77 parking spaces and two extra spaces for tractor trailers plus boat charging electrical devices,” Moffett said.

Ocean Gate Developers would like a two-year 100 percent abatement for the property itself before committing to building the hotel. Moffett said, “To bring this $4.5 million capital improvement here we will incur lot of upfront costs. By approving this two-year abatement, you would not be losing anything and you will still be collecting the ad valorem taxes. Also, the hotel will bring in indirect revenue which should offset abatement.”

The Holiday Inn Express will immediately create at least 18 jobs: one management position and six front desk positions; nine housekeeping positions and two maintenance positions. According to Moffett, the developer is “ready to go on this project” with a very aggressive schedule for production. She said they would like to “move dirt” by the first part of September with construction complete by April or May 2011. “Based on information we have received, there is no problem with infrastructure, which is a huge plus,” Moffett said.

Additionally, plans for a mini Chili’s restaurant or IHOP adjacent to the hotel are being considered as well as a small commercial strip. “However, that will require more market analysis,” Moffett added.

George West Mayor Sylvia Steele said during a telephone interview, “A nice hotel like this will not only bring in jobs but will have a positive indirect impact for the city. I think it will be a great partnership for the community.”
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