An official with the Owensboro firm that will build a 105-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel at The Center for Rural Development said his company was attracted to this area by “ ... a fantastic opportunity to be located near a first-class facility like The Center.
Roger Bacon, vice president of LinGate Hospitality, said Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center, heads a first-class operation. Lake Cumberland was also an attraction “ ... as the leisurely side of any business,” he remarked.
Bacon said he is very familiar with this area having lived in Columbia and worked at Lindsey Wilson College before going to Owensboro.
“Groundbreaking for the hotel, to be located on the north parking lot at The Center, is set at 10:30 a.m. March 20.
Site work and construction of the hotel will begin shortly after the ground breaking ceremony, Bacon said. Located about 40 feet from The Center complex, the hotel will be built and financed by LinGate.
No local money is involved in the hotel project, Lawson said. The hotel will be financed by LinGate with tax incentives from Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority.
Bacon indicated a construction contract already has been awarded. Construction will be supervised by a LinGate construction manager. Completion date for the hotel “ ... will be spring/summer 2016, depending on weather delays,” Bacon said.
In addition to 105 guest rooms, the Courtyard by Marriott hotel will have a Bistro Restaurant and Lounge where breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served, a Starbucks Coffee Shop, an indoor pool, a fitness center and a 2,300 square foot banquet/meeting room.
Congressman Hal Rogers will be the featured speaker at the groundbreaking ceremony. Scheduled for comments at the celebratory event are Lawson; Glenn D. Higdon, CEO, and Bacon, both of LinGate; Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler and Pulaski County Judge-Executive Steve Kelley.