Lovejoy to court hotel brands

LOVEJOY — Officials are hoping to bring an economic boom to southern Clayton County.

The county’s southernmost city is looking at a feasibility study to determine the benefits of courting a hotel brand to build a “quality” hotel and convention center.

Lovejoy Mayor Bobby Cartwright said a new hotel would be the only one south of Morrow in the county. It would serve visitors to Fayette and Henry counties as well.

“What Lovejoy has is an opportunity to rival what’s going on in the northern end of the county,” said Cartwright. “This is for Lovejoy to be the premier city in Clayton County.”

Cartwright said he hopes pursuing a hotel brand will add to the city’s infrastructure and attract other businesses, specifically “big box” department stores and retailers.

There is a untapped stretch of highway available for new development, he said. Most of that, however, is on the northbound side of U.S. 19/Ga. 41, also known as Tara Boulevard.

The city council is considering contracting with Michael Bryant, owner of Bryant Construction Group in Fayetteville, to conduct a $2,500 feasibility study on the issue.

Members heard from him this week.

Bryant presented an initial proposal to pursue a 90-unit hotel and convention center that could be built along the highway.

“It’s a great opportunity — something that will be a major enhancement for the county,” he said. “If this vision becomes a reality, it’s going to be for the greater good of everyone.”

Bryant is studying the potential impact a hotel would have on the city economically and logistically. He said the hotel would cost an estimated $7.2 million — about $80,000 per unit for fixtures, furniture and equipment.

He said he believes the hotel would be most successful on the southbound side of Tara Boulevard, which already gets the bulk of retail traffic.

Councilwoman Rebekah Holland Wright said she is excited about plans to pursue more development for her city.

“We’ve been trying to get this for years,” said Wright.

Cartwright said he believes now is the right time for the city to invest its time in courting new business.

“We are a very attractive city to come to,” said Cartwright. “Interest rates are perfect if you’re going to build a big box. The city is in a central location that gets a good amount of traffic and visitors. And all of that matters.”

He pointed out that the city is between two growing filming hubs in Fayetteville to the west and Hampton to the south. Located a few miles south of the Clayton County Justice Center, Lovejoy is also near active venues such as Nash Farm Park and the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Henry County.

He said that, if all goes well, the city could see a hotel break ground on new construction as soon as the end of the year.


OscarKnight 1 year, 8 months ago

......It is very easy to see that the health of our commercial businesses has been shifting towards the borders of other counties, leaving the rest of our county with empty buildings & closed businesses.
.....This isn't fair for our residents that lives in this county. Catering to other counties, and leaving our county empty, is downgrading those that lives here.
......What is this meant to say about our Clayton County residents ?

......Give this some thought.


OscarKnight 1 year, 8 months ago

....When someone says "Come To Clayton County, Georgia"; What will be the first thing seen by our visitors ?

.....If you answered with Tara Blvd or 19-41, you are probably correct. The main artery leading into this county is the 1-75 Interstate expressway system. Need I say more ?


Robert 1 year, 8 months ago

My guess will be that within three years it will become like all the other hotels and motels in ClayCo which are full of drug dealers and prostitutes.


OscarKnight 1 year, 8 months ago

....."Build It and They will Come"...From all parts of Clayton County, Fulton County, and Dekalb County. Build it, and see what happens next. Don't ever say that you wasn't warned.


OscarKnight 1 year, 8 months ago

.....We should begin asking ourselves this question :

......What is the reasoning behind the sudden growth of Coweta County ?

"The Economic Growth of Coweta County Ga."

Quote : (( "Coweta had a population 127,317 in 2010 and a projection of 152,688 in 2015. 2000-2010 % change 42.7%. Coweta is the 49th fastest growing county in the US Coweta’s annual growth rate is projected to be 3.68% from 2008 to 2013. Coweta could have 147,620 people by 2011, 177,161 by 2020 and 234,257 by 2030 if an annual growth rate of 5.5 is maintained. Coweta County ranks as the 17th largest county out of 159 counties in population in Georgia." ))



Robert 1 year, 8 months ago

The first question should be, What is the reason for the rapidly deflating economy inside Clayton County and How does that compare to the sudden growth of Henry, Fayette and Coweta counties?


OscarKnight 1 year, 8 months ago

...For the last ten years, we have heard many brain storms about bringing the wealth back into Clayton County again....Then it finally happen, when Victor Hill was brought back as our County Sheriff.

....And imagine this silly notion, that some has said I only talk about negative things about Clayton County. I reckon that I proved them wrong.


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