Wayland To Get New 50-Bed Hotel
Construction of a new 50 bed lodging facility in Wayland is expected to get underway in the near future, according to an announcement by the Wayland City Council.
The facility will be located near and adjacent to the Flying J Travel Center at the junction of Highways 27 and 136 in Wayland.
The Wayland City Council and Bob Smith, Economic Developer for the City of Wayland, have been working on the project with the developer for more than a year.
At the present time, the land, contractor and resources are in place. The builder of the facility will be Nauvoo Investment Company, Inc., of Nauvoo, 111. Nauvoo Investment Company hired Hospitality Marketers International, Inc., of Wisconsin to conduct a comprehensive market study to determine the scope of the project last fall.
The study included the following: general market location; site analysis such as visibility, accessibility and competitive position; economic overview and lodging demand.
According to the study, “the main economic draw to this area is the development of the “Avenue of the Saints” highway, which has brought a new dynamic to this area. The future growth of the highway is also positive. Traffic counts and the traffic volume entering the Flying J Truck/Auto facility at the interchange have been steadily increasing. Due to the location along the highway, this interchange is becoming a major stopping point for truck, commercial and leisure traffic through this area.”
The cost of the project has been estimated at $2.5 million.
According to Smith, the number of employees needed to staff the project is not known at this time since this is a decision that will be made by the operator of the facility. Wayland Mayor James Boatman said, “I and the entire city council are delighted to see this project become a reality, especially in these difficult economic times. Not only will it draw a for the community but it will also provide much needed employment in this area.”
“This is just one more piece in Wayland’s economic plan to provide jobs that are so badly needed in this area,” Smith stated. He explained that he and the city have been contacted by entrepreneurs interested in locating a fast food facility, a C store and possibly a strip mall at the Wayland interchange. “We are still working diligently to add more pieces to this economic plan,” Smith concluded.