By BECKY GILLETTE
A four-story, 125-room Marriott Courtyard being built by Kerioth Corp. near the Baptist Madison Campus will be just the second hotel inside the city limits of Madison.
“Madison is a growing sub market in the Jackson metropolitan area,” said Clint Herring, president and CEO, for Kerioth. “It is underserved from a hospitality perspective right now. The new hotel will be at an excellent location on Highway 463 with good visibility from both Highway 463 and Interstate-55. The site has great proximity to restaurants and other community features.”
Herring said the hotel next to the Baptist Healthplex at the intersection of Highland Colony Parkway and Highway 463 will be a customized version of the new Marriott Courtyard Generation 6 hotel.
“We worked closely with the City of Madison in a collaborative effort customizing the exterior look of the building,” Herring said. “Madison has been great to work with in that effort. We purchased the property from Baptist Health Systems, and have enjoyed a good relationship with them. We are working with them constructing road infrastructure for the new hotel and adjacent properties Baptist Health Systems is marketing. The Marriott Courtyard Hotel is just one of a number of projects that will be developed at the Baptist Health Systems location. Baptist Health Systems has been a great partner in the endeavor.”
Alan Hoops, director of environment and design for the City of Madison, said the city wanted the new hotel to blend in with the existing architecture in the area including the Baptist Medical Clinic building, the Healthplex and Walgreens.
“They did a good job with the architectural design, and we are excited about getting it built,” Hoops said. “We needed another hotel, and Mr. Herring is bringing a good quality hotel to the area. It will be well used. It will fit a need for the Healthplex, the Baptist Medical Clinic and the future developments of that area.”
Kerioth broke ground on the project in late August working on building infrastructure such as a new section of road, and water, sewer and stormwater systems. Plans call for the hotel to open in October or November of 2017.
Herring said the hotel will have great internal and external amenities. There will be a conference room and a lounge area downstairs for guests to gather.
“There are nice communal tables where people can fellowship and get together with one another in the lobby,” Herring said. “It is a real conducive environment to people communicating with one another and socializing. It used to be that people would go to a hotel and go to their room. Marriott has guests on a continual basis and has found that people who are staying enjoy socializing with each other. They can also conduct business in the lobby and communal areas of the hotel. They may also work in the lobby while engaging with other residents in the hotel.”
The rooms are designed to have plenty of light and an airy feel. Herring said they have large screen TVs, flexible work spaces and a high degree of technology. Other hotel features include an interactive lobby, a fitness room, a pool, a fire pit, and an exterior courtyard.
Herring said the new hotel will fit well with the company’s other developments in the area. Kerioth Corp., based in Ridgeland, is a full-service real estate, development and investments’ company that has done mixed-use developments like The Township at Colony Park, a lot of Class A office property, and a considerable amount of retail space. The company also does property management.
A number of other buildings are under construction in Madison including the Key Dental Clinic, the third phase of the Forum at Grandview, a Taco Bell and a Verizon store. Memory Care of Madison, a residential living facility for people with neurological illnesses, is under construction. The city has given approval for the construction of an Ichiban restaurant, and for the renovation of a gas station on Highway 51 and Main Street.
“We are also expanding our parks, and have three new baseball fields under construction,” Hoops said.
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