By Joyce May
Killeen Daily Herald
COPPERAS COVE – Construction is expected to begin early next week on a 62-room, three-story Days Inn and Suites, according to the latest in a flurry of announcements regarding the Copperas Cove Business Park.
Sam Patel, property owner and developer, said he hopes to have the necessary permits by the end of the week and to start construction Monday at the location on Constitution Avenue, south of the Best Western and near the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard intersection.
Patel said construction normally takes eight to nine months, so he anticipates an opening in January 2008.
"I see a need for hotels in Copperas Cove, a demand for it," Patel said.
Plans call for the facility to have an interior corridor, a business center, an indoor pool and an exercise room, in addition to two adjoining meeting rooms.
Patel, who has spent 15-plus years developing in the Central Texas area, said the meeting rooms will have a movable wall in between that will allow for accommodating 50 people in one and 75 in the other or up to 125 people at one time.
The project was announced by the Copperas Cove Industrial Foundation in partnership with the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corp.
Jimmy Clark, foundation president and CCEDC vice chairman, said the two entities continue to work together to bring new commercial development to Copperas Cove.
"In our negotiations about the project, we stressed that there is a need for meeting space, and they were happy to comply," Clark said in a release.
As the start of construction on the Days Inn and Suites approaches, a 51,500-square-foot Comfort Suites on Martin Luther King Boulevard between Trinity Worship Center and the speculative building is almost finished.
The four-story, 70-unit hotel, owned by Naaman Hospitality Inc. of Temple, will have an indoor pool, conference room and small exercise room.
A yet-to-be-named 55- to 60-room, two- to three-story hotel also is planned to be built on Constitution Avenue, south of the Best Western.
The projects will add to the ad valorem tax revenues, increase hotel/motel tax revenues for the city and help spur additional retail development in the area, CCEDC officials said.
Several projects are in the works for the business park area, including a major retail development consisting of potentially 668,000 square feet of buildings on land the city hopes to acquire from Fort Hood.
A potential buyer with plans to build a movie theater and bowling alley also has been identified for the CCEDC's speculative building, and a developer has expressed interest in locating multifamily housing in the area.
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