New plans of Owensboro's downtown hotel are finally unveiled Thursday, and it's expected to be the first leed hotel in the state.
City leaders gave the seal of approval for the new Downtown hotel. Local businesses agreed, saying it'll fit right in.
Owners of the Bistro say the building's green features make the hotel stand out and sets a great example.
"The look of the building is fantastic with clean lines, and I like how they tied in flagstone, brick, and glass with steel," said Owner Ben Skiadas.
Developer Malcolm Bryant says geo-thermal energy will heat and cool the building. There will be electric car charging stations and even the un-used toiletries left over by guests will be recycled.
"Choices like that are huge and I think they deserve a big pat on the back," continued Skiadas.
The hotel, slated to be a Hampton Inn, will sit seven stories high, with 151 rooms and 50 suites overlooking the river. A pedway bridge will lead to the events center and sidewalks to the riverfront crossing.
"We're going to take the initiative and turn this city around," says Mayor Ron Payne.
City leaders expect the need for more hotels Downtown. Bryant says more hotels will depend on the market and what management will do to draw in the crowds.
"We need to create the excitement. The easy part is designing and building it."
Bryant expects to break ground in January, and says the hotel will be the most green friendly hotel in Kentucky.
Other features include indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, a restaurant, and a store featuring Kentucky made items and souvenirs. The interior will feature a lot of original artwork.
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