Edmond keeps on growing
Artist drawing of the Edmond's $37 million hotel and conference center that is under construction near Covell Road and Interstate 35. It is expected to open later this year after many delays. Read about the project in this week's publication of the Outlook special section in The Oklahoman.
City leaders and developers gathered on the site last May to break ground on the full-service hotel and conference center that had been talked about in Edmond for over the past two decades. The decision was finally made to build a hotel and conference center on the northwest corner of Covell Road and Interstate 35. The project turned into a private/public partnership.
After months of negotiations, the city of Edmond invested $12 million in the hotel and conference center and a proposed indoor sports complex.
The hotel will be 100,000 square feet and the conference center will be another 20,000 square feet. Construction is now expected to be substantially complete by September. Framers are nearing completion with nearly all of the interior and exterior framing, including the roof parapet. The brick work has been completed on the first floor of the hotel.
Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb looks at the ceremony where the last beam was put into place. The new hotel and conference center will be the new home of Edmond's Convention and Visitors Bureau, something that excites the three-member staff.
The conference center is already booking events that will occur over the next three years. The project also is bringing other businesses to the area. ShowBiz, a family movie and entertainment center, has announced plans to build near the hotel and conference center. This is just the beginning for this area of Edmond. Read about it in this weekend's Outlook special section.