21 May Fairfield Bay breaks ground for new hotel
Robin Richards photos
More than 300 attended a groundbreaking ceremony April 26 at Fairfield Bay that featured a full afternoon of celebration with city partners BD Alliance, DMC International and Cobblestone Hotels.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson and other dignitaries participated in the ceremony.
The new, 63-room, four-story Cobblestone Hotel is the first hotel for the city and the first Cobblestone Hotel in Arkansas. It is expected to bring $1 million into the local economy annually.
The hotel is designed around small town Main Street charm, featuring state of the art technology, whether staying for business or vacation. Signature amenities include high-speed Internet access, complimentary hot breakfast, evening bar, convenience store, fitness centers, business centers and more. It will host a restaurant, a spa and is a pet-friendly hotel as well. The opening is planned for the fall.
The hotel will be located next to the Fairfield Bay Conference and Visitor Center and the mall area. Construction will be by BriMark Builders of Neenah, Wis., and will be operated by WHG Professional Hospitality Management.
“This is a proud, proud day in Fairfield Bay’s history – a milestone and a launch for the community,” said Mayor Paul Wellenberger. “A hotel in the Bay is a catalyst for us, leading the community to a higher level and allowing us to continue to exceed the prosperity we’ve been experiencing.”
Officials participate in the groundbreaking ceremony.
Karla Fultz (from left), Elijah Snow and Melodi Balentine.
Cedric Anderson of BD Alliance (from left), Rodney Crenshaw of BD Alliance, Cobblestone CEO Brian Wagernese, and Cynthia and Ed Carroll of DMC International.
Bob (from left) and Wilba Thompson, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Cindy Wellenberger and her husband, Paul, mayor of Fairfield Bay.
Benny Rorie (from left), Nichols Mitchell, Mark Newson, Yony Noy, Wayne Harlan and Don Rodgers.