Developers of the Sleep Inn of Pointer Trail joined local business leaders for a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday. About 25 people mingled inside and outside a tent set up for the occasional munching on appetizers form Chill's. I was one of them. The ground breaking had been canceled twice but the sun was shinning Friday.
Framing for the three-story hotel began a month ago, and construction work continued throughout Friday's ceremony. The hotel with a construction cost of between $3 and $4 million, has a grand opening date of Oct. 1,with a soft opening set for mid-September.
The 58-room hotel will include 11 suites, along with an indoor pool, meeting room and fitness center. The hotel will create new jobs for Crawford County and Van Buren, not to mention the money people will spend at local restaurant and shopping while staying in Van Buren.
As usual, the old real estate maximum was the biggest factor in deciding where to build LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION.