Former HHS building council's preferred site for Gering hotel

Cobblestone Inn and Suites, Marquette, Iowa

The Gering city council Friday afternoon indicated in an informal vote that the former Health and Human services building north of the Gering Civic Center is their preferred location for a proposed hotel.

Five of the seven council members present said the former government building was the best choice out of the three city owned sites for the hotel. Two of the members preferred the former McKee property at 10th and M to east of the Civic Center. No one liked taking away part of the parking lot adjacent to the Civic Center as the site.

Council member Julie Morrison said the preferred property is the safest and best way for convention goers to reach the Civic Center

Justin Allred and Troy Cowan said they preferred the old McKee property. Allred told his colleagues the vacant area is the largest of the three sites, would be the most visible on the city's busiest intersection and would be able to provide parking for recreational vehicle.

A Wisconsin based development group is looking at building a multi-story hotel near the Gering Civic Center, and is trying to get local residents to invest $2 million in the project.

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