Bullock County Hopes New Hotel Will Help Economic Growth

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By Brittany Bivins

The Bullock County Development Authority is looking for investors to open a hotel near downtown.

A recent study commissioned by the BCDA shows a hotel near the intersection of Highways 82 and 29 could make close to a million dollars annually within five years.

The city already has one small motel, but county leaders say it doesn't meet the needs of many travelers.

Tourism Council Director Midge Putnam says visitors often stay overnight in Montgomery or Troy for big events like the field dog trials, which often bring more than 500 people to Union Springs.

"We need some opportunities for some groups that come through to have a place to stay, we have several charter groups that come to the Red Door Theatre every year who end up having to lodge somewhere else on their way back home," she said.

According to the study, a 45-room hotel with a pool, business center and fitness facility could make more than $700,000 in 2014. The study estimates that could jump to nearly $1,000,0000 by 2018, at a standard room rate of about $80 per night.

BCDA has placed a sign at the location to encourage people to look into building the facility. County officials say it would benefit the entire area. e want a very customer-friendly hotel where somebody can enjoy food, maybe even a swimming pool, whatever else is recommended on that, we want it to be customer-friendly," said BCDA Director Julian Cope.

Development Authority officials say they have had some interested investors come forward, but those deals fell through.

They say they hope a hotel could boost the city's tourism industry and create more jobs for local residents.

The BCDA has put up a sign at the intersection of Highways 82 and 29 to let people know about the opportnity. If you're interested, you can contact them at (334) 738-4819.

 



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