Controversy Amidst a New Conference Center Coming to Harrisonburg

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- Harrisonburg City Council got an update on plans for a hotel and conference center coming downtown.

The plan is to build the hotel at the corner of South Main and Martin Luther King (Cantrell Ave.) downtown.

As part of the plan the city would provide grant money to the James Madison University foundation to reimburse it for its cost in building the conference center.

Janice Fitzgerald, who owns a bed and breakfast in Harrisonburg, said she's angry that the city would subsidize her competition.

"They're not to be part of a system where they have incentive to fill rooms of a partner that hurts other businesses in town. That just doesn't make sense," said Fitzgerald.

The Harrisonburg city council is waiting for the contract to be finalized before they'll schedule a public hearing on the hotel. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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