Radcliff lands new hotel development

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Officials hope to create ripple effect

By Gina Clear

After three to four years of prospecting and wooing, a hotel development has chosen Radcliff to build and Mayor J.J. Duvall hopes it sparks more developments in the area.

The four-story, 50,000-square foot hotel is an $8.5 million investment and will have 92 rooms, a fitness center, indoor pool, business center and 500 square feet of meeting space. The hotel will be on a lot next to Radcliff Square off Lincoln Trail Boulevard, which was once a driving range.

The development was announced at Radcliff City Council’s meeting Tuesday night.

In an interview before the meeting, developer Eric Nordness, managing partner of Salita Development, said financing is in place, although contingent upon budgeting and site planning, and it will be a branded hotel. Because of current negotiations, he is unable to reveal which brand of hotel it will be.

“We have great momentum,” Nordness said.

The development has the potential to create 365 local jobs during its construction and 20 to 25 jobs to operate the facility.

Michael Boro, president of FCL Builders of Chicago, said he plans to hire locally and take bids from local companies as much as possible during the construction.

“Even though we’re from Chicago, our objective is to get down here and hire local contractors,” Boro said.

Joe Markham, managing director for MDC, owns the Radcliff Square property. His vision is to turn the area into a retail, lodging and dining destination called Radcliff Village. The development helps make his vision more concrete.

For details and reaction, see story in Wednesday's print edition.