Conference Center hotel to open

By Racey Burden | Published Saturday, April 14, 2018
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OPENING SOON – Fairfield Inn and Suites in Decatur is expected to open April 24. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Fairfield Inn and Suites at the Decatur Conference Center is expected to open this month.

A representative from the hotel confirmed the opening date is set for April 24.

Construction on the hotel by Marriott began in October 2016. It was originally expected to open by late 2017, but Decatur Building Official Wayne Smith said changes had to be made to the hotel plans. The changes related to the screens required to be placed around mechanical equipment on the hotel roof. Those changes were approved by the city in late February.

Decatur EDC offered $2.7 million in incentives to developer Gatehouse Capital to build the hotel. The $2.7 million will be repaid to the EDC from 20 percent of the hotel’s profits in its first 10 years, which jumps to 35 percent in the next 10 years until the incentives are paid back.

The hotel will also receive up to $500,000 in sales tax rebates it pays over a 10-year period. The city will rebate 100 percent of hotel occupancy tax paid by the hotel for five years and rebate 45 percent for the following five years.

Fairfield Inn and Suites is expected to bring multi-day events and conventions to the Decatur Conference Center. Decatur EDC began its partnership with Gatehouse on the project in 2014.

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