The hotel that was planned for the City Harbor is now going to Albertville.
Wes Long is the Guntersville developer who had been working on it. He heads a development group that was putting the project together. The hotel was to have been a Fairfield by Marriott.
“I’d been working on locating this in Guntersville for more than a year and a half,” Long shared. “When you buy one of these franchises, you have certain deadlines you have to meet.”
The uncertainty of the timing of the Harbor project due to Joel Kennamer’s lawsuit and getting TVA permission to proceed forced Long to look for an alternative site.
“Sometimes, delay is a developer’s worst nightmare,” he said.
The project will be on the Guntersville side of Albertville, although Long is not ready yet to say exactly where the site is. He feels it’s a good location to “accommodate the increased lodging needed by the new Albertville sports complex.”
There’s not currently a Marriott property in Marshall County, Long said.
The hotel is projected to have 4 stories and 79 rooms with perhaps 25 of those rooms being suites.
“There’s not currently a suite product in Marshall County,” Long said.
He expects to break ground shortly into 2020.
The property will have a small bar, an exercise room and a pool.
“We want it to be part of a hospitality park with outparcels for restaurants, retail and potentially an event center,” Long said. “We hope it lends itself to landing a good restaurant.”
He said Albertville leaders “came to the table and worked with us to make it a viable project” for that city.
Fairfield by Marriott “prototype” hotels call for a hotel like this one to have:
- 29 standard king rooms
- 2 handicapped accessible king rooms
- 39 standard queen rooms
- 2 handicapped accessible queen rooms
- 7 king suites
- 1 accessible king suite