Hotel project basically on schedule

Published 10:34 am Thursday, January 23, 2014

An overview of the future hotel and restaurant site from the on ramp of U.S. 52.

An overview of the future hotel and restaurant site from the on ramp of U.S. 52.


Despite the current arctic blast hitting the Tri-State, work continues on the Ninth Street Gateway Center.

Grading work was going on Wednesday in the midst of subfreezing temperatures.

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“Site work continues to go on with a lot of underground utilities, sewer hookups, and conduits,” Ralph Kline of the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization, said. “There is some of the retaining wall going into place.”

The first segment of the Gateway project will be a Holiday Inn Express and Suites and a Frisch’s Big Boy.

John Mullins Construction of Wheelersburg is in charge of site work and construction of the Big Boy, which will start after the hotel is built.

The Holiday Inn will be built by MPH Hotels of St. Petersburg, Fla. MPH has constructed more than 150 hotels in the United States.

Creating the Ninth Street project started in 2009 with the creation of the Old Engineer Property LLC, comprised of the now-defunct Ironton Port Authority, the Lawrence County Port Authority, the CAO and the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation. The Old Engineer began acquiring acreage on Ninth Street from Vernon to Adams streets.

The next step is pouring the concrete slab for the hotel.

“From there it will be bringing in materials, raising the steel and it coming out of the ground,” Kline. “It is progressing along on schedule.”