HARRISONBURG-- Tonight, members of the Harrisonburg City Council will discuss a proposal that would bring a new hotel and conference center to the city.
Members will decide whether to move forward with a study that would look into the positives and negatives the hotel would have on the area.
The developer, dpM Partners LLC, has said the hotel will be within walking distance to Main St., but so far hasn't been more specific.
Eddie Bumbaugh, the Exec. Dir. of the Harrisonburg Renaissance, said he can't disclose the information because it is confidential.
Bumbaugh said the plan has been in the works for about eight years. According to him, it will be an upscale hotel with a conference. It will have around 200 rooms, including 150 standard rooms, and 50 extended stay ones.
The developer will pay for building hotel, Bumbaugh said, but the city and developer will partner to pay for the conference center.
"We're aware that for many other communities a downtown hotel and conference center have been economic and cultural engines, not just for the downtown, but for the area, and we believe this proposed project would a great boost to our city and region," Bumbaugh said.
If the study before the city council is received favorably, the developer would like to start building quickly, and have the project completed after around 18-months.