Groundbreaking set for one hotel, another eyes property
McCOOK, Neb. -- City leaders indicated earlier this year at least three competing hotel developments were eyeing McCook and one of them is set to break ground in the coming weeks.
Construction of a $3.5 million Cobblestone Hotel on the northeast corner of the intersection of U.S. Highway 83 and N Street is approximately 45 days from getting underway, according to Jeremy Griesbach with BriMark Builders.
Griesbach said the project ran into financing delays but the land sale was closed last Friday and plans should be finalized within 30 to 45 days, followed by a groundbreaking. The project will require demolition of car wash as well as a neighboring storage-unit business and result in a new, 3-story, 54-room hotel with indoor pool and 50 person meeting space.
Griesbach said construction would occur this winter and, so long as the project got underway by October or November, the hotel should be looking at a late spring opening in 2016.
"The Cobblestone folks have been persistent and it appears that they have overcome the final obstacles so that they can move ahead. We look forward to seeing them start construction," said McCook Economic Development Director Rex Nelson this morning.
Nelson indicated in March discussions were ongoing with at least three hotel developers interested in building in McCook. The Cobblestone Hotels development has been the only identified entity to date, however, recent information from the Nebraska Public Power District indicates at least one of the other two is affiliated with Holiday Inn Express.
NPPD leases the electric system from the City of McCook and operates it as part of its statewide system.
During the annual recap of the lease agreement between the two entities NPPD representatives identified four "new projects." The projects were listed as Fairgrounds arena, Frenchman Valley Coop, Cobblestone Motel and Holiday Inn Express.
The Holiday Inn Express project includes a proposed motel and location plan on the north side of West J Street and Spoon Drive, according to NPPD representative Brian Buhr.
"So far this summer we have provided and engineered a proposed underground route to the motel site. Since then we have not heard much at all from this group," said Buhr during a conversation with the Gazette.
Nelson confirmed the project was still in the early stages.
"There are still efforts on the part of another developer to possibly establish a Holiday Inn Express here in McCook. It is still too early to say with certainty how that project will take shape," said Nelson.