Hotel feasibility study approved
BAKERSVILLE – Mitchell County’s hotel feasibility study is now closer to getting underway.
The Mitchell County Economic Development Commission Board of Directors at its regular meeting Friday, June 28, unanimously approved Georgia-based HVS as the firm to conduct the study, which is a four-phase plan expected to be complete within 30-40 days of the starting date and will cost the EDC $10,000.
The study will begin with field work and will then move on to market analysis and analysis for proposed hotels before concluding with a detailed written report.
EDC Director Mickey Duvall announced earlier this year two hotel developers were considering projects in Mitchell County.
Duvall and EDC Chair Richard Canipe have met with both developers as recently as this past April and those meetings prompted the EDC to approve the study.
Shortly after the study was approved, Duvall and the EDC sent out requests for proposals to a dozen companies; of those 12, Duvall said three emerged as top candidates.
The board reviewed the final three candidates in closed session before announcing the selection of HVS in the open meeting before adjourning.
“We got three great proposals,” Duvall said. “One of them really stood out from the rest.”
The EDC can now begin working with HVS to start the study.