Calitri reports: New downtown convention center hotel construction to begin

Calitri reports: New downtown hotel construction to begin

Construction on the hotel near the Owensboro Convention Center on Second Street is slated to begin in the coming months.
The foundation work for Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel is planned for late spring or early summer, said Ed Ray, chief operating officer for Gulfstream Commercial Services. The commercial brokerage company is partnering with local developer Jack Wells to construct the building.
Ray said the hotel is in its design phase. The hotel will be an “extended stay” model, which provides more home-like amenities and are geared toward more long-term visits.
Downtown livability is a long-term goal of the City of Owensboro. The city commission approved an $80,000 contract in November with Fred Reeves and David Johnson, who own a consulting and strategic planning group called A+ Leadership, to study the feasibility of living downtown. The two will look at areas such as housing options, parking, downtown events and more for a year. Numerous city commissioners have also expressed as making downtown more livable as a goal for this year.
The hotel and apartments are tentatively to be completed by April 2021.
Mark Calitri, president of Visit Owensboro said, “This new downtown convention center hotel will force local elected officials, local businesses and tourism partners to come together to find new ways to create demand for Owensboro. We can’t just build it and they will come. That won’t work. We must be proactive and thing big picture to find innovative ways to attract conventions, sports events, and independent business travel.”
Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

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