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"Hometown Guesthouse" is on its way

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Julie and Bruce French of rural Meriden checked out the floor plans of the proposed Hometown Guesthouse Thursday evening at the Cleghorn Community Center. Photo by Nancy Hohbach
Local investors have shown strong support for the motel to be built on Highway 3 at Marcus.

Even before a Wednesday, Aug. 1 meeting at the Marcus Community Center, 21 percent of what was hoped to be raised through local investors, had been met. After the second meeting held in Cleghorn on Thursday evening, the board of the Hometown Guesthouse was confident their goal will easily be met.

Many people have sensed the need for a motel in the Marcus area and are giving the project their financial help.

The goal was to raise 40 percent or $352,000 but will take more which will be used towards the furnishings and continuity fund. Nearly $27,000 will cover the cost of the required land. This will provide enough space to add onto the motel if and when the need arises.

Presently, the plan calls for a 16-unit motel which includes handicap accessible as well as a suite. It will have internet access and cable TV. A continental breakfast will be furnished and menus will be left in each room to inform guests of what is available at local restaurants. The idea behind it all is to grow the economy of Marcus.

The board has hired Professional Construction Services (Gary Jetter and Steve Adams) to oversee the project. They played a major role in the building of the Marcus Junction and the board of that project was quite pleased with their efforts.

If all goes as well as they think, the motel could be up and running by the end of the year. Several commented that with the biodiesel plant going up, a motel certainly is needed. The motel will measure approximately 140 by 62 feet.

The minimum amount for investing is $1,000. It was noted there are no senior citizens on this board which simply put, shows how the younger generation is also planning on building a better future for the Marcus community and the surrounding area. This project provides another shot in the arm for the area giving everyone an optimistic view of their community.

Anyone who has questions or would like to invest, may call Darcy Reuter at 712-540-4464 or the company number at 376-2081. A maximum amount to be sold is $880,000 but they are sure to reach the $352,000.

Sub-committees will be set up with board members to take care of marketing, signs, building and grounds, and finance. Eventually, the motel will require around seven to eight employees.

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