DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — In Dothan, you may find it hard to go anywhere without seeing construction or expansion, and with the economy in a good place, growth is inevitable.
“Things are really good right now on the business side,” Visit Dothan Executive Director Aaron McCreight said. “On the growth side we look at new hotel properties in town, new restaurants being added almost every day it seems like. There’s still the demand there, especially on the hospitality side.”
Now, a Dothan developer is looking to once again turn the former Pizza Kastle building on Ross Clark Circle into a four-story hotel.
“There’s a very interested party looking to be on the circle,” McCreight said. “The rooms are there, I mean, the stats are saying that it’s still a healthy lodging market. I don’t know how many rooms we need, air quote, but people will only build if there’s a need, and they see that there’s a demand.”
As Visit Dothan continues to bring more tournaments to the area, more hotels, restaurants, and attractions will be needed.
“The hotels do their own studies,” McCreight said. “They’ve got their number crunchers. They’re looking at the same numbers we are. We don’t invest in hotels. we promote hotels and market hotels, but if their numbers are saying that this is a great opportunity for them to put a hotel on the circle then we say more power to you.”
The planning commission will decide how to move forward with the proposal for the Pizza Kastle building at its next meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 9 a.m.
They will discuss the plans at a preliminary public hearing Tuesday, February 18th at 3:30 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers at the civic center.