Despite rainy weather Monday morning, spirits were high during a ground breaking for the new Holiday Inn that will be built adjacent to the James Bruce Convention Center.
Conference Center Board Chair Darrell Gustafson says a hotel has been needed in the area since the center was built nearly 20 years ago, and now the area has seen enough growth for it to happen. Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks says it was their goal, with the construction of the sportsplex nearby, to encourage private business to invest there.
Jeff Anderson, a representative from Hopkinsville Investment Partners, LLC, says the hotel will bring around 30 jobs with it and they are excited for the future.
Gustafson says the construction of the business will hopefully bring in additional growth that will further advance Hopkinsville and Christian County.
The hotel is expected to be open for business in early 2019, weather permitting. The building will be a 100 room, full-service Holiday Inn with restaurant, bar and pool and it will face I-169 on the west end of the convention center’s parking lot.