, Wilmington's director of economic development , doesn't see much of a downside for existing hotels in the area from any new construction.In a perfect world for him , there would be not one but three new hotels downtown within five years.Accommodations would range from sumptuous to simple in his
view , and serve visitors ranging from businesspeople to families on holiday.
As it happens , there are three specific sites in the city that are generating new hotel buzz :.
* The riverfront , where the First USA Arts Center is now being joined by new retail space , and where some 80 , 000 feet of conference space could be developed.
* The area bounded by 4th and 5th , Market and King Streets , which would be directly opposite the planned New Castle County Courthouse , or Justice Center as it's come to be known.
Each site has its own proponents , and according to Walker
, they're all being entertained by hotel chains and developers alike.His
personal favorite is the midtown spot neighboring the proposed Justice Center.
The legal community is a major industry in the city.And there will be an incredible amount of activity around the new courthouse , Walker
says.As a result , we think it will be an ideal location for a hotel to service that area..
A new hotel would have the added charm of turning blight into bloom for a city-owned property of slightly more than two acres.Thanks to the Justice Center , that land is much more valuable today than it was even a year ago , Walker notes.
There's also keen interest on some fronts for a new hotel facility in the south part of town.
concludes that even though it's only upscale , full-service hotel facilities that are in the planning stages now , Wilmington needs rooms for budget-minded visitors too.And as plans move forward to develop high-end facilities , he's
laying the groundwork for more modest accommodations too.
There's a need for a $50-a-night place , he
concludes.There are possibilities both north and south in the city for that to happen , and I'm going to actively pursue that..
Holding company conference scheduled
On Dec. 15 , Wilmington 2000 will host its second holding company conference titles , Delaware : The First Choice for Financial & Tax Planning..