On Tuesday, September 6, over a dozen business and city leaders, including the Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce, joined Stephen Henderson and his team for a ground breaking ceremony launching the official construction of a new Best Western Plus hotel in Heber City.
Henderson, the lead owner on this project, has built hotels and operated successful hotels in other locations in Utah and is excited about the opportunity to be in Heber City.
“Heber is an up and coming town. There hasn’t been a new hotel in the city in at least 17 years, so we felt like this is the right time and the right place to build,” said Henderson.
The new hotel will have 82 rooms, featuring eight family suites which are about double in size of a regular hotel room and will include a full kitchen. Additionally, there will be a heated indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, a few pet friendly rooms and conference space that can accommodate around 120 people.
Construction on the hotel is moving forward throughout the fall and winter and they expect to open in May of 2017. The hotel will be built near the intersection of 1200 South and Highway 40.
“Best Western is trusted brand that is well known around the world. We are excited to be a part of the Heber community,” said Henderson.
Heber City Mayor Alan McDonald, city council and staff were on hand to welcome Henderson and his group to the city and agreed that the Best Western brand fits well in the Heber City market.
Mayor McDonald conducted the ceremony, and spoke about the valuable partnership Best Western has brought to the city. He also said the area has great potential to grow as additional businesses set up shop near Highway 40 and 1200 South.
Council woman Kelleen Potter said the Best Western brand will provide a high quality experience at a level that fits the area which should provide a positive economic impact on the city.
“Any time we can bring people to our community to any of our great events and activities helps the economy, and now they’ll have another place to stay,” said Potter.
She also noted the proximity to Wasatch High School as having the potential to attract more activities and events that utilize the high school such as cowboy poetry, sporting events and other performances.
Tourism plays a major role in the overall economic plan for the city and the county. Ryan Starks, executive director of the chamber, said this project has been in the works for well over a year, and now to see it coming to a reality means good things are happening in Heber Valley.
“Projects like these where businesses are willing to invest millions of dollars into our community are clear examples of our growing economy,” said Starks.