New hotel coming to Muscatine

Leaders hope $42 million hotel project benefits the entire community

By Ashley Richmond | arichmond@whbf.com

Published 05/27 2015 10:07PM

Updated 05/27 2015 10:54PM

Its called the Merrill Hotel. 
 
117 rooms, an indoor pool, and 12,732 square feet of conference center space. 
 
But leaders in Muscatine say their hope is that the benefits of the $42 million project will go beyond the floors and hotel doors.
 
"In the long haul it will generate jobs to work at the hotel, so those are all economic development benefits. And ultimately, it will be a great tax base enhancer for the community," said Greg Jenkins, President and CEO, Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce.
 
Business owners, community leaders, and international investors gathered to talk about a new project coming to town.
 
Building a six-story, multi-million dollar hotel serves an immediate goal.
 
"A tremendous amount of business emanates out of Muscatine. And all that business leaves town because there aren't any facilities here, not just for rooms but also for the meeting facilities. Now we will have an opportunity to take care of that business in town," said Andy Maclellan, COO, Merrill Hotel and Conference Center Development Company.
 
In the long term, leaders in Muscatine hope the impact will reach far beyond the front doors.
 
"We believe that with this facility, this beautiful hotel, we'll have more people come into the town and stay here and spend their money and have dinner here and shop here," said Jenkins.
 
Project leaders say the goal is to break ground in September and open the hotel for business in Summer of 2017.
 

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