, Muskogee, OK


September 20, 2013

Downtown hotel grand idea

A quality hotel could become the driving force behind an economic rebirth in downtown Muskogee.

City councilors approved a $60,000 agreement with LodgeWell Development of Overland Park, Kan., to  “define the preliminary scope, size, costs and potential funding sources for the project.”

The project is described as a 120-room hotel branded by a national franchise.

The idea of a quality downtown hotel is not new.

It was floated years before.

But now may be the best time to get the idea to come to fruition.

The hotel could bring many visitors to our downtown.

Businesses need foot traffic to justify investing in downtown.

Businesses, including bars, and restaurants, are reluctant to build or move downtown because there is little foot traffic after 5 or 6 p.m.

Hotel guests don’t always want to eat in the hotel.

They look for food and entertainment within walking distance.

Imagine a hotel between the Civic Center and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, for instance.

Bars and restaurants could pop up on Broadway as a result of a multi-story hotel within eyesight.

More foot traffic could help Arrowhead Mall retailers, too.

It’s a good idea.

We are not in favor of every feasibility study using taxpayer dollars.

Sixty thousand dollars could be spent elsewhere to improve the quality of our life today.

But this money is a drop in the bucket of what tax revenue could be generated by a downtown hotel and any businesses that pop up around the hotel.

If the money came from the fairly new hotel-motel tax or could be offset next fiscal year by using some of that revenue — earmarked to improve tourism — then so much the better.

Nonetheless, the potential for downtown Muskogee far outweighs that quibble.

The hotel one day could be the remembered as the seed that grew into a flourishing downtown.

Text Only
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

     View Results
Featured Ads

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.