Monday, August 13, 2012

Como Springs Hotel by the banks of Weber River?

Matthew Godfrey, Morgan City’s economic development consultant, is “very confident” he has found a developer who wants to build a hotel in the area.  However, Godfrey says a letter from the Morgan County Council supporting improvements along the banks of the Weber River near Como Springs and the county fairgrounds would go a long way in bringing a hotel project to fruition.

“I have two people who will build the hotel, people willing to invest in the community,” said Godfrey, who is not at liberty to release the names.  “They need to see the county’s commitment.”

Godfrey said that two studies to verify the economics of a hotel in other city locations “do not validate demand.”  However, a hotel in the Como Springs area has “tremendous potential,” he said. 

Godfrey, with Better City, presented a map of the Como Springs area complete with a 60-room hotel/reception area, hot springs pools, water slides, cable park for wake boarding and water skiing without a boat, small splash pad, volleyball court, picnic area, parking lot, RV park, campground, and snow tubing hill with a “magic carpet” lift. Godfrey said developers would like to start construction within a year.

A majority of the county council voiced support of the plan, but most want public input before they make formal approvals or dedicate money to the project.

Councilman Lyle Nelson said the county could dip into the $14,000 flood account money, as well as economic development funds. The item will be on the council’s Aug. 21 agenda. Morgan County News