Colorado Outdoors Development Drew Quality Hotelier
Reprinted from Montrose Daily Press
June 18, 2017
By Tessa Cheek
- Montrose currently short on lodging options
- 100-room hotel will offer extended stay suites
- Highly-visible hotel will offer easy connection to outdoors, downtown
Editor’s Note: The Montrose Daily Press first broke this story Saturday morning online. This is an updated story making its debut.
In addition to new parks, homes and businesses in the forthcoming, river-centric Colorado Outdoors development, Montrose residents can now look forward to a new hotel – a 100-room Marriott TownPlace. Colorado Outdoors and Renfrow Realty worked for a year to seal the deal.
“I’m very excited,” said Mayor Judy Ann Files. “We’ve been trying for two or three years to get another hotelier to come to Montrose and for various reasons it hasn’t worked out until now. Marriott is a quality flag, I’m so pleased they’re coming and it will definitely fill a need. We’re running a full house right now when it comes to hotels and lodgings and this new facility will allow us to book bigger events at the event center, too.”
In addition to offering more rooms, the new Marriott will also give visitors to Montrose a new kind of lodging option, according to Deputy City Manager Rob Joseph, who also is the director of the Montrose Office of Business and Tourism.
“Marriott Towne Place is known for its spacious suites that can accommodate one to six guests to a room,” said Joseph, who on Saturday morning confirmed with the Montrose Daily Press the hotel announcement. “This offers an alternative for visitors who may be staying for an extended period of time and want a full kitchen, work stations and ample closet space. We’re seeing more and more business people come into town and stay longer, so this is a really good option for them.”
Files said the new hotel will make some serious economic ripples.
“It will definitely bring economic development,” she said. “We’ll use that money to make quality of life even better for our residents. The whole idea of Colorado Outdoors is to have a good portion of the development be city parks and public lands. Residents will be able to go down and bike along the river or fish. It’ll be another great city park.”
David Dragoo, President of Colorado Outdoors, said that walkability and immediate connection to nature will typify visitors’ experiences of the new hotel.
“Folks will be able to park easily and get through to the river easily, as well as walk to restaurants,” he said.
Jordan Scott, president of Glacier House Hotels, the management company the will be in charge of the hotel project, indicated that the ethos of the new development was important in their decision to come to Montrose.
“We are excited to be a part of the Colorado Outdoors’ experience” he said.
Construction on the hotel should begin sometime in 2018, shortly after Del-Mont Consultants breaks ground on the development’s public infrastructure, according to Joseph.
Dragoo said the new hotel will be located on the north end of the Colorado Outdoors development forming an “anchor”.
“They’ll have good visibility off Townsend and they’ll be one of the first buildings you see as you come off Grand Avenue,” Dragoo said. “That’s good for them, obviously.”
He added the hotel’s exterior will meet with the same aesthetic covenants as the rest of the development, blending seamlessly with its mountain-modern vibe.
“It’s going to look like it belongs,” Dragoo said.
It’s estimated that the Colorado Outdoors project will cost $83 million, according to a release Saturday. The development will integrate new restaurants, retail, hospitality and residences with large tracts of open space and trails along the Uncompahgre River on land northwest of downtown Montrose near the Justice Center, as previously reported by the Montrose Daily Press. Colorado Outdoors will also be home to a 35,000-square foot manufacturing facility for local, award-winning fly fishing manufacturing companies Abel Automatics and Ross Reels of Mayfly Outdoors.
“There are so many great things happening in our community and adding another high quality hotel to our list of community offerings will make Montrose an even better place to live, work and raise a family,” said City Manager Bill Bell in a statement. “It is an exciting time to be in Montrose!”