Hotel investors pay fees, take out permits for often-discussed, much-delayed 3-story hotel at Sixth and Main

Is Taft's long awaited but much delayed downtown hotel finally going to become a reality?

City officials think so, and so does the master developer they hired.

Tuesday night, Geary Coats, the developer working for the city to bring commercial development to the Rails to Trails property, said the owners of the proposed three-story, 60-room Best Western have picked up permits from the city and are planning to start construction “within 2 weeks.”

Coats called it a “fait accompli” and said a ground breaking is scheduled for June 30.

The proposed downtown hotel, which the city is hoping will spur more commercial development along Rails to Trails, has been discussed for several years and was supposed to have started construction several times.

The new hotel was even advertised by the city as “a done deal” a year ago but has not started construction yet. The Taft Planning Commission approved the site plans in June 2013.

A formal groundbreaking ceremony was scheduled then, too, for July 9, 2013.

This time is different, though. City Director of Planning and Community Development Mark Staples said the hotel investors have paid city fees and took ou permits to build the hotel.

When built, it will be located at the southwest corner of Main and Sixth street, diagonally across Rails to Trails from the Oilworker Monument.

A downtown hotel has been under discussion for about four years.

At one point the city was meeting with investors interested in building a Holiday Inn Express but that deal never materialized.
Discussion then shifted to Best Western and, for three years, the project has been discussed but never built.