Best Western to be first major commercial development on Sunset Rails property

Finally, ground breaking will be held for the long-awaited downtown hotel.

The Taft Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that the ceremony marking the start of construction for the Best Western Inn will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 30, at the hotel site at the southwest corner Sixth and Main Street.

The hotel project has been in the works for four years. The owners of the Best Western are not the first group the city has been courting to build a hotel here, but this is the first deal that has been completed.

Earlier talks involved investors considering building a Holiday Inn.

It is seen as the project that can kick-start development along Rails to Trails and is going to give the city some badly needed rooms for vacationers and business travelers.

No new hotel or motel has been built in the city since the Caprice Motel on Kern Street was built 50 years ago.

Many rooms available in the city are tied up in long-term leases for oil industry workers here on projects.

Opening of the three-story, 60- room hotel with a banquet/conference facility is also seen as a major step in attracting more commercial development in the largely vacant Sunset Rails Development and Taft's traditional downtown just to the north.