El Dorado Planning Hotel for Downtown

by Luke Jones  on Monday, Sep. 3, 2012 12:00 am  

El Dorado is moving toward the addition of a major hotel near the downtown El Dorado Conference Center.

"What we have done is invite all of the known hoteliers to, if interested, give us a statement of qualifications," said Robert Reynolds, chairman of the El Dorado Economic Development Board. "We've received those statements, and then, if we agree they're qualified, we'll ask them to make a proposal."

The $14 million center - paid for mostly by Murphy Oil Corp. and completed last year - seats around 1,000 people and is frequently used by South Arkansas Community College and local businesses.

Reynolds said the board had been interested in attracting a hotel for the conference center since its construction. The hotel would be useful for having major business meetings, he said.

"Also for reunions, trade associations, conferences, family reunions, church reunions, any folks who want to get together and enjoy some of our downtown and see that our award-winning Main Street is for real," he said. "That's our intention."

Reynolds said the board had received statements from four different hotels, but he did not have the names available. He said no date had been set for the hotel's construction.

"We're going to figure out how to do this and do a good job of it," he said. "We fortunately have a lot of people here supporting the process and nobody's working against it. That's a happy place to be."



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