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$5M hotel coming to Connellsville

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Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, 12:06 a.m.

A groundbreaking ceremony is expected to take place next month for the construction of a $5 million hotel in Connellsville.

City Council took steps this week to make the development of a long-awaited hotel become a reality.

Council adopted a resolution to enable Hotel d2 Services LLC to purchase and develop the former Connellsville Bottling Co. on First Street from owners Cheryl C. Casini and Ralph C. Bosley. Plans call for Hotel d2 Services LLC to develop and hire a contractor to build a 54-room hotel at the site near the Yough River Trail, part of the Great Allegheny Passage.

“This means that the city is ready to move forward with the construction of the hotel,” Councilman Brad Geyer said. “The city has assigned an option to the developer acquiring the property to be used solely for the hotel development. Hotel d2 Services can now start purchasing the land they need so they can start moving dirt.”

Geyer said council members are very excited about the hotel development.

“The city has been working out the details on this project for a long time,” Geyer said. “It's very exciting to see it finally come together. Connellsville really needs a hotel, and it's great to see that we finally have a developer interested in building one.”

The construction of the hotel will boost real estate taxes in the city, Geyer said.

“The hotel has already entered into a contract with the construction firm,” he said. “They are planning to schedule the ground-breaking ceremony before the end of the year.”

Geyer said the city worked hard to establish a strong working relationship with Hotel d2 Services.

“This is great news for the city, and we're thrilled that it's actually going to finally become a reality. The city has worked very hard to get to this point, and all of the hard work has really paid off.”

Cindy Ekas is a contributing writer.

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