This Really Is Too Much

A Sheraton?

If a private development company manages to win approval from local elected officials to finance construction of a hotel next to the Macon Coliseum and Wilson Convention Center, it plans to build a full-service Sheraton, a spokesman for the development company said.

Noble Investment Group has been leaning toward Sheraton ever since the investment group has been involved with the hotel project, spokesman Muarion Zimmerman said. Other possibilities had been Marriott or Hilton.

“We just decided Sheraton would be the best move,” Zimmerman said, adding that it seemed to fit the Macon market. He said his group has successfully worked before with Sheraton’s parent company, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Don’t get me wrong, Sheraton is an okay brand, but everyone’s been talking about something upscale. I was thinking “Westin” or “Intercontinental” or “Hyatt.” A Sheraton? Why not just go Hampton Inn and bring in the Hilton sisters to promote it.

And why hasn’t the County Commission killed the Macon Hotel deal yet? It’s fiscally irresponsible. It’s in the wrong location. Everybody knows it.

Shame on the commissioners for not killing this. I had higher hopes in Commissioner Hart, but now I hear he is for it and apparently Commissioner Allen is jockeying for personal position, even though several people tell me Commissioner Allen has said he was against the deal.

That’s a shame. This deal should die.

11 comments

  1. HeartofGa says:

    Once again, we agree. The deal should die. The 30 year tax abatement alone is enough to make me cringe. Maybe the school board or the county commission will have the guts to push in the knife.

  2. rugby_fan says:

    I am going to keep a running tally of all the times Erick has said “this deal should die” (double the points if referencing a hotel in Macon).

    This is number 6 I do believe.

  3. Jas says:

    I will give Sheraton this credit.

    The ones I’ve stayed at on Canal Street and in NYC were excellent and Starwood’s service is some of the best in the industry.

    That said this hotel mess is the kind of clusterf**k that only the Macon government could have caused

  4. HeartofGa says:

    Erick – I hope you will join me in urging all Macon – Bibb County residents to call their County Commissioners and School Board members to urge them to reject the proposal. The five members of City Council have their hands tied by the rest of Council on this issue. However if either the County Commission or the School Board fails to approve the funding then the deal will die.

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