Motel latest addition to growing New Castle |

Motel latest addition to growing New Castle

New Castle will have its first national chain motel this summer.If all goes according to plan, a 51-room Comfort Inn or other national lodging chain will open July 1 next to the Stop ‘N Save gas station and convenience store, said developer and Glenwood Springs attorney Scott Balcomb.Balcomb and partner Doug Casebier, a motel contractor from Montrose, formed New Castle Lodging LLC to construct the motel. The motel is the latest development in the eastern edge of town at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Highway 6 & 24.The first phase of the development, built six years ago, included the Stop ‘N Save, a car wash and modular housing on Burning Mountain Boulevard, all on the south side of 6&24.Four vacant lots remain to be developed in phase one, Balcomb said.New Castle Plaza was constructed about five years ago in the second phase of the development. It includes City Market, Alpine Bank and smaller businesses, Balcomb said.One lot is also earmarked for multifamily housing above New Castle Plaza.”We’re looking to sell it. We don’t want to do it ourselves,” he said.A move to develop a three-story motel east of New Castle Plaza was denied by the town about a year ago. Balcomb said he and Casebier decided to go with a two-story structure because it meets town zoning regulations and would not require a variance.The new motel may be a Comfort Inn or something else, Balcomb said.”Our current thinking is Comfort Inn, but there’s a distinct possibility we could go with a different brand with lower franchise fees,” he said. “We want something with a regional or national name that will get people off the interstate.”Built into the design of the motel is an option for 24 more rooms. The building will also feature a meeting room and an indoor swimming pool, Balcomb said.Rates will be competitive to those at area motels, at an average of $60 for a one-night stay, Balcomb said.Foundation work began last week.”We anticipate finishing it this week,” he said. “The town is very pleased to see this going on,” said town manager Steve Rippy. “It’s one of those businesses we identified as the next priority to occur at the interchange. We believe the benefit it will bring is it will offer people a chance to stay in town,” instead of having to go elsewhere for lodging.”The town is excited about it,” Rippy said.

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