ENID, Okla — Work is expected to begin this week at the site of the future downtown hotel.
City Manager Jerald Gilbert said the general contractor had told him a dirtwork company from Hennessey may be starting work Wednesday, but he was unable to confirm that as of Tuesday night.
"I think the important thing for the city, and the public, is we are going to get it. I'll be the happiest person when they get started, just like everybody else," he said.
Work on the Best Western GLō hotel was to begin within 45 days of a Dec. 20 closing on a lending deal.
In addressing the slight delay, Gilbert said the general contractor needed to line up workers, and there have been some cold weather spells.
"I want to reassure everybody it's going to happen, it's going to start. Something should happen this week," he said.
Enid Economic Development Authority entered into a master development agreement on Feb. 23, 2017, with the hotel developer, ENIDBWP LLC — which is Aston Management and Dr. Atul Patel.
A room occupancy guarantee agreement was approved in November. It involves a 40 percent room rate guarantee, for five years, calculated on an annual basis for 96 rooms, Gilbert told the EEDA.
The city of Enid has pursued a downtown hotel since 2011, when developer LodgeWell LLC was selected. The developer was unsuccessful in attaining financing for the project.
When the contract with LodgeWell expired, Peachtree Hotel Group II LLC was selected. Around December 2015, when the price of oil dropped, the developer started getting nervous about the Enid market, said Brent Kisling, Enid Regional Development Alliance director.
The city of Enid began working with Aston Management in June 2016. Patel previously said he has built a couple of hotels in Enid and others in Chickasha and in Oklahoma City.