Block 12 hotel bid possible from Campbell Lane developer

Katherine Wade

The developer of a new hotel being built on Campbell Lane may also be interested in building in Block 12.

President Gary Ransdell said he received word that the developer of Staybridge Suites, located near the Knicely Conference Center, is also going to bid on the Block 12 property.

Earlier this month, WKU released a request for proposal to find a hotel developer for a 90- to 100-room hotel that is planned for Block 12.

Block 12 is part of Bowling Green’s Tax Increment Financing District. Currently, WKU is constructing a parking structure with housing built around it and the new Augenstein Alumni Center in that area.

Kerra Ogden, project manager for Planning, Design and Construction, said that WKU would like to have a developer locked in by the beginning of 2012, but nothing is confirmed at this stage.

The size of the hotel, amenities and number of rooms have also yet to be finalized, Ogden said. Each proposal will be analyzed and compared before a decision is made.

Although WKU would not be directly financially involved with the hotel, Ransdell said it’s possible they would be doing a lot of programming with it.

“It would clearly be a university asset,” Ransdell said.

The current plan for the hotel that may go in Block 12 includes the construction of a restaurant that would be run through ARAMARK and therefore part of the campus program, Ransdell said.

Ransdell said he was surprised when he learned that ground had been broken on a hotel on Nashville Road.

“It’s great, but it does not really relate to the one in Block 12,” he said. “They are separate projects, but it is conceivable that they could become interrelated if the same developer gets the bid.”

The hotel on Campbell Lane, which had its official groundbreaking on Nov. 15, is being developed by Dellisart LLC, a Georgia-based development company.

According to the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, the hotel will have 124 all-suite rooms.