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Ground broken for hotel

Thursday, March 22, 2012

On Thursday, a groundbreaking ceremony took place for the construction of a new hotel to be located on State Road 59, south of Burger King. Officials attending the groundbreaking included (from left) County Councilwoman Dolores Johnson, County Redevelopment Commission Secretary Jan Howell, County Councilwoman Rita Rothrock, County Councilman Chip Hoskins, County Commissioner Jack Withers, Chief Deputy Rob Gambill, Mayor Brian Wyndham, Sheriff Mike Heaton, Director of Operations for Hoosier Lodging Omar Zafrullah, County Commissioner President Charlie Brown, Chamber of Commerce President Lynne Llewellyn, Brazil City Engineer Brian Pohlar, Broker and Owner of Hoosier Homes and Land Linda Harms, County Commissioner Paul Sinders, County Redevelopment Commission President Tom Ames, Economic Development Specialist Jim Coffenberry and Vice President of Business Banking for Citizen's National Bank Darrin Johnson. [Order this photo]
Hoosier Lodging broke ground Thursday on State Road 59, south of Burger King, for the site of a new hotel.

Construction for the hotel will begin Monday, March 26. Hoosier Lodging is currently in negotiations with two major national franchises.

"We haven't determined yet which franchise to take," Director of Operations Omar Zafrullah said.

The construction is estimated to be completed by September, which is when Zafrullah said they would determine which franchise to choose. When the construction is complete, signs and logos for the hotel will be put outside and inside the facility.

"We'd like to be open before the Covered Bridge Festival," Zafrullah said.

Zafrullah said Hoosier Lodging chose Brazil because it feels the city has been overlooked many times. He said Terre Haute and Plainfield have many hotels and even Cloverdale has quite a few.

"We wanted to invest locally," Zafrullah, who is from Terre Haute, said. He said he felt it was a good location because of the Covered Bridge Festival.

According to Zafrullah, the hotel will have 60 rooms, an elevator, fitness room and full breakfast buffet.

He was appreciative with the cooperation of the Clay County Redevelopment Commission, officials with Clay County and officials with the City of Brazil for helping move the project forward, as well as Citizen's National Bank for financing the project.

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So will they (the hotel) be getting Brazil City police & fire protection? Brazil Mayor was in the picture along with others.

-- Posted by smallguysmalltown on Thu, Mar 22, 2012, at 10:32 PM

You'll also notice that the city engineer is pictured. Brazil has every right to be represented, it is the city who will be supplying water to the hotel. Remember the water tower constructed about 1/3 mile from the intersection of 42 and 59? That's exactly why the former mayor and council members did that, to create business. (But, I'll have to admit, the painting on the tower probably didn't draw them here. It looks more like vandals did it as a prank.)

-- Posted by My Dime on Fri, Mar 23, 2012, at 10:11 AM

Good job to all involved in bringing jobs to the county.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Fri, Mar 23, 2012, at 10:38 AM

Yeah! Now I won't have to stay in Terre Haute or Cloverdale when I return to Brazil to visit my niece and nephew, et al. Good work.

-- Posted by wands on Fri, Mar 23, 2012, at 1:28 PM

I wonder how long it will be before someone starts complaining that they dont want the hotel there because it will detract from their property values. Or even cause health issues.

Brazil needs jobs and industry. This is a step in the right direction.

-- Posted by MS660 on Fri, Mar 23, 2012, at 8:38 PM

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