City Council Talking about Hotel and Conference Center

By: WHSV Newsroom
By: WHSV Newsroom

Harrisonburg On Tuesday night, Harrisonburg City Council will talk about the proposed hotel and conference center in downtown Harrisonburg.

Council hopes to plan a date for a public hearing on June 24th, to get feedback from the community. Council also wants to finalize contracts and agreements, so they can move forward with plans when the city is ready.

Here was the last report about the idea
May 14, 2013

It's a proposal that could cost tax payers in Harrisonburg lots of money.

"The city's portion is estimated to cost nine point seven five million dollars," said Charles Chenault, Vice Mayor to the City of Harrisonburg.

The proposal comes from a private developer in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

"We have to be very careful that we use our taxpayer dollars very wisely," said Chenault.

Chenault advises people to look at the benefits and not the cost.

"We've been working really hard to redevelop our downtown and successfully, to make it again an attraction for people coming to the area as well as a viable place for people to live and work," said Chenault.

James Madison University students Michael Shielkruczkowski and Jackie Price agree with Chenault.

"Alot of the activities that happen on campus happen in festival which is a big place that we have. We have ballroom and there's a lot of parking issues. I think it would be cool to have it off campus," said Jackie Price, a social work major at James Madison University.

"I think it will be a great idea, especially just kind of, i know the whole revitalizing of the downtown area, just get people down there and to see it," said Michael Shielkruczkowski, a art education major at James Madison University.

One group that won't be too happy about a new hotel and convention center coming to Harrisonburg are hotels chains already in the area.

"Do I want a facility that's going to be competing against hotels that are already here?" said Chenault, mirroring the question Hotel Chains will be asking themselves.

The hotel portion of the convention center would house approximately 205 rooms.

"I've had an inquiry from the Virginia Education Association who wants to have their state convention here and wanted to know if this facility would be open," said Chenault.


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