MARICOPA — The city’s lodging accommodation options are about to expand.
City Manager Rick Horst announced at the June 18 Maricopa City Council meeting the property purchase had closed for a proposed La Quinta Inn hotel.
The property is located at 44575 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Horst said he is hoping for a late August or September groundbreaking ceremony. He announced that the staff has completed the initial view for the site. As the attendees applauded the exciting news, Horst thanked the City Council members for their leadership on the project and assured that “it is coming.”
The city helped broker the private purchase deal for the property because of a need for lodging in the city.
The need for lodging has increased with the population growth of Maricopa, which is now reaching 52,000. Although it is primarily a residential community, attractions such as Nissan and Volkswagen proving grounds, an agriculture research facility, convention center at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort and Copper Sky Recreation Complex have brought visitors from all around the state. The growing retail and restaurant sectors are also among these factors.
According to Jennifer Bostian, the city economic development specialist, a Holiday Inn Express was in the works a few years ago but did not come to fruition.
“Ultimately, the timing has to be right and the right decision-makers have to be in the right place,” Bostian said.
A hotel feasibility study was completed in early 2018 by the city to recognize and address the needs for lodging accommodation in the city.
Since then, Steve Murray, broker and owner of Maricopa Real Estate Company, and Andy Bhakta from ABR Consulting have worked with Horst to meet and develop the future plan. Multiple properties have been discussed in the process, yet many of them did not meet the hotel developer’s needs.
Bhakta has worked closely with the city during the due diligence period to provide accurate information for the project. Although Bhakta has worked with many communities, he acclaimed the city of Maricopa for the success of the project.
“With the city of Maricopa, everything is set to go and they are easy to work with.” Bhakta said.
The development of the hotel is to be discussed further at future City Council meetings.