DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Just before the great recession of 2008, then-Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell announced plans for Camellia Commons Shopping Center on the relatively undeveloped southside of the Boll Weevil Circle.
Things remained dormant there until the Clark Cinema was constructed several years ago. Within a few weeks, a luxury gated community will open, and now, a developer has committed to building a multi-story Marriot or Hilton hotel with a minimum of 80 rooms. It’s expected to generate more than $100,000 annually to the city in just bed tax alone.
“Marriot-Hilton folks, the developers see the need,” said Jonathan Tullos, Wiregrass Economic Development Corporation. “The banks see the need, or they wouldn’t loan them money so we’re certainly excited to do our part to see that growth and do our part to encourage that growth.”
This week, the city council signed off on $400,000 in economic development incentives, but city officials expect to make that up within two years. It will bring in needed hotel rooms, and keep people from having to travel to surrounding communities for accommodations.
Chamber of commerce officials said it is definitely spurring interest among retail.
“So with the movie theater going up over there, the apartment complex going up over there,” director Erin Grantham said. “The hotel, there’s a lot of growth opportunity for Enterprise, and we’re very excited.”
Families of Fort Rucker flight school graduates and summer softball and baseball youth league championship games must travel for motel accommodations in Ozark, Troy, and Dothan once rooms fill up in Enterprise.
The future four-story Marriot or Hilton is expected to keep heads in beds in the City of Progress.