Hometown Guesthouse, Inc. will be holding the Official Ground Breaking for their 16-room motel at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the site located in the Marcus Business Park, north of the Marcus Junction, on Highway 3.
Mark Buschkamp, Executive Director for the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corp., and Darrell Downs, Mayor of Marcus, will be featured speakers at the groundbreaking. Other local dignitaries will be in attendance along with Hometown Guesthouse Board of Directors.
Darcy Reuter, Co-Chairman of Hometown Guesthouse, stated that this groundbreaking is the beginning of the construction for the project that has been over a year in the planning. "In the past there has been the need for lodging of families during the fair, as well as for weddings, funerals, vacations, reunions, graduations, travel, etc. We have done a lot of research on the best way to proceed to fulfill these needs at a local level, with local ownership, rather than be a part of a franchise."
The location gives easy accessibility to Highway 3 and is midway between two county seat towns. Future development in the area includes an adjacent business park with a truck stop located across the highway from the motel. "This new motel will enhance our downtown business district in addition to providing opportunities for overnight friends and business travelers to experience the feeling of being at home when visiting communities around Marcus, Iowa."
The motel will feature 16 rooms, including accommodations for handicapped accessible, king and queen-sized rooms and jacuzzi suite, live-in manager and an estimated payroll of 6-8 employees. Total cost of the project is $880,000. As of press release, approximately 100 shares are still available to investors at $500 per share. For more information, call (712) 540-4464 or visit the website "hometownguesthouse.com". Shareholder investor must be a current resident of Iowa.