CHEYENNE – Construction of a new four-story hotel in Cheyenne is expected to start in March. TownePlace Suites by Marriott will be finished about 10 months after construction starts, said Jon Braxton. He is one of the owners of BlackRidge Companies, the Bozeman, Mont., company that will build and develop the hotel.
The multi-million dollar facility will be built in the 1700 block of West Lincolnway at the site of the former Lincoln Court. Its 88 guest rooms will be designed for extended-stay guests and travelers who remain a night or a few days. TownePlace Suites will feature a fitness center, a business meeting room, and an indoor pool and hot tub. Free continental breakfasts will be offered to guests. TownePlace Suites will have studio, one- and two-bedroom units. Amenities in each unit will include a 32-inch flat-screen television, work space, free WiFi, and kitchenettes with appliances like refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers and microwaves.
Cheyenne provides a great opportunity, Braxton said Tuesday. “There’s demand there (in Cheyenne) for more hotel rooms. We like Cheyenne and believe in the growth.” He expects to hire 12 to 15 people from the area. BlackRidge Companies builds and develops hotel properties and market rate multi-family apartment communities.
The business has projects in Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee. BlackRidge built and opened three hotels in North Dakota in the last two years. The privately owned and operated real estate development and holding company is a family business, Braxton said. He, his brother and father are three of its four owners. The company bought about eight acres total, of which the hotel will be built on a 2.29-acre lot. The rest will be for future development.
The company eventually wants to build a restaurant near the hotel, Braxton said. TownePlace Suites will be a “great addition to the community,” said Darren Rudloff, president and chief executive officer of Visit Cheyenne, the tourism arm of Cheyenne. It is “a positive comment on our economy and the power of our hospitality industry that this company is willing to invest in a project of this stature,” Rudloff said. “It’s gratifying to see this level of investment along West Lincolnway, especially in the area that used to be home to the original Lincoln Court.” Lincoln Court was the original property of Paul Smith’s family, which later opened the Hitching Post Inn, Rudloff said. “The TownePlace Suites is a good brand, and it will be a nice addition to our collection of lodging in the Cheyenne area,” he said.
By Becky Orr