Town of Brookneal moves forward in hopes of building new hotel | Local News

The town of Brookneal has commissioned a analyze in an energy to attract a enterprise-class lodge to the local community.

The review was concluded in mid-2020 but, owing to COVID, the Brookneal Town Council just now is getting actions to try to capitalize on the success.

The study exhibits Brookneal, in southeastern Campbell County, could guidance a 65-device, nationally-branded resort. Users of city council and the town supervisor now are making an attempt to engage with lodge operators and investors who could make the undertaking a fact.

Barbara LaPrade, Brookneal Town Council member, said people at present have to travel 30 minutes to Lynchburg, South Boston or Appomattox to keep in a hotel.

“So we’ve been speaking about this for a number of decades,” she said. “I had tried using to access out to people today that I assumed would be in a place to do some thing like this. I’d seemed at several properties and I retained chatting, chatting, chatting and last but not least the city of Brookneal gave me authorization to go after it.”

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From that level, LaPrade commenced talking to a representative from lodge franchise Cobblestone Lodges.

With the desire from Cobblestone — which has makes which include Cobblestone Hotel & Suites, Cobblestone Inn & Suites, Boarders Inn & Suites, Centerstone Inns, and KeyWest Inns — a need to have for a feasibility review was prompted on no matter whether the city could help a hotel, LaPrade said.

The city obtained a $10,000 grant from the U.S. Section of Agriculture for the study and right after some hold off from the pandemic, the research was full in Might 2020.

“So at the completion of the examine, the research exhibits that Brookneal could assist a hotel. The review mentions 65 amenities, but in talking with intrigued functions and so forth, we had been wondering to go down a tiny bit from that.”

Cobblestone has supplied proposals for both a 45- and a 54-device hotel. Reps with the organization could not be reached for comment.

The hotel would be developed on a 2.5-acre web site on Alabama Avenue on the corner of U.S. 501. The review suggests that a 65-home, midscale, constrained-services resort is anticipated to meet the town’s intention of advertising the enhancement of a new, fashionable resort home. The analyze, concluded by Revpar Intercontinental, indicates the hotel charge $96 per night time.

Since then, the city has had quite a few meetings with prospective buyers, and a several months back a consultant from Cobblestone fulfilled with a group from the town spearheading the hotel, LaPrade reported.

“So right now we are conversing to potential traders, trying to slender the expenditures down and communicating with the Lender of Charlotte, who has expressed fascination in doing work with us and the investors,” she stated.

LaPrade said now she is making an attempt to get the word out about what the team is seeking to do, achieve momentum and construct the expenditure group.

“We’re continue to conducting conferences to get individuals an comprehension of what is involved in being an trader and how that functions since in terms of other projects that has been performed, the banking companies involve a particular proportion of neighborhood investment decision,” she said.

She explained the resort is the buzz of the town right now and there are quite a few businesses and organizations that will gain by a lodge in Brookneal.

“Red Hill has about 7,000 site visitors for each 12 months and with a large amount of their pursuits, there is the need for lodging,” she mentioned. “Glendale Manor, which holds weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and family gatherings has indicated that persons have to journey 30 minutes away to stay in a hotel and it’s caused them to eliminate some shoppers and it would be much more advantageous to have one thing regional.”