Rutland City is one step closer to a downtown hotel, according to the Rutland Redevelopment Authority.
Executive Director Brennan Duffy says, “it’s not a closed deal yet.”
In a phone interview, Duffy explained, the idea of bringing a hotel to the downtown area has been an on-going 6-year effort.
According to Duffy, the proposed hotel would be constructed on the site of the former Berwick Hotel, on Center Street. Known to many in the community as the ‘pit’.
The Berwick Hotel was destroyed by a fire in 1973.
The new hotel, if moved forward would be developed by DEW Construction, a Williston based company.
Duffy explains the next hurdle will be the financing for the project, with the federal new market tax credit as a critical piece.
Peter Kelley, with DEW Construction, spoke with Local 22 & Local 44 News over the phone. He describes the hotel as 60,000 sqft., and having 100-120 rooms, with additional conference rooms.
The front of the hotel would open up onto Center Street.
Kelley, the Business Development Vice President says, an additional step will go through ACT. 250 process.
Kelley says, there will be an opening meeting next Wednesday with the Rutland City Development Review Board.
There will be input on what the hotel may look like, in order to blend it in with the downtown aesthetic.
If & when completed both men say, the hotel will be branded under Marriot.
Additionally, Kelley says, there are some minor environmental hazards at the site that will need to be remediated before construction begins.
As for a timeline, Kelley says, “if things go smoothly”, it is possible for a grand opening April 1, 2021.