Work begins on hotel, restaurant project
IRONTON -- Site development work started this week for a new Holiday Inn Express and a Frisch's Big Boy restaurant along South 9th Street.
The project calls for a 79-room Holiday Inn Express, said Ralph Kline, assistant executive director for the Ironton-Lawrence County Area Community Action Organization.
"Obviously, we're glad to see this day come," said Mayor Rich Blankenship. "A lot of people have worked tirelessly to make this day come. We have been working on this for years. We've been close, but this time it came to fruition. Persistence pays off. I'm very pleased. This will be a great addition to the city of Ironton."
About $800,000 in site development work is underway, Kline said. Mullins Construction Co. of Wheelersburg, Ohio, is doing the site development work, which could take about two weeks, he said.
"We wanted to get the footers in before bad weather," Kline said Friday.
Holiday Inn and Frisch's will pay for the construction of their businesses, he said. It will take about nine months to build the hotel and the restaurant is expected to open in the spring, he said.
"We're talking about 60 full-time equivalent jobs for the first phase of the project," Kline said.
The hotel and restaurant will take up about four acres of the eight available acres set aside for the project area off U.S. 52 and Ohio 93 at South 9th Street.
The project is being funded with $500,000 in community development block grants, $150,000 in local funds and $150,000 in Appalachian Regional Commission funds, Kline said.
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