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Nash 'excited' about hotel possibility

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash is "excited" about the possibility of a headquarters hotel at the Gwinnett Center -- especially since the proposal would take no money from the government.

"It's been a dream for a long time," Nash said Thursday of the 300-room, full-service hotel, which has been a part of the plan of the Sugarloaf Parkway convention center for years.

"There was never a situation that required so little from the government," Nash said of Nilhan Hospitality's $57 million bid, which is fully financed. Usually, a similar partnership would ask for either a money contribution or government-backed loans.

But with the county still tightening its budget because of continued drops in housing values, which lead to lower tax revenues, Nash said members of the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau understood that asking the government to pay a part of the venture would be "a hard sell."

"We don't have anything at risk with the way this one will be structured," she said. "Right now, we're all about (weighing) risk."

Nash noted that the process was in its early stages, with the visitors bureau board approving its recommendation to commissioners Wednesday.

Commissioners could take up the proposal in the coming weeks, but if they do approve the initial term sheet, there will have to be further negotiations.

But because the hotel could mean even more convention business for the county, she said the possibility deserves a look.

"I'm anxious to see the full set of evaluations," she said. "We're excited to get a viable proposal."

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BuzzG 2 years, 4 months ago

"the proposal would take no money from the government."

People, be skeptical. Why is the government even involved? People build hotels all the time without government involvement. Our government in Gwinnett has the people under its control and Mrs. Nash is not a reformer and will continue with the same expensive predatory attitudes.

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CD 2 years, 4 months ago

Although I'm taking our "leadership" at their word on this, regarding public-backed financing, I'm hopeful that there is nothing in the planning stages for this or any contingency for it --such as the developer runs short of liquidity due to unforeseen circumstances and the county jumps in to finish the project to avoid the project sitting unfinished. But that would never happen in Gwinnett, right? It's a nice day, so I may drive over to Springbrook. Join me for a short round, VanGundy.

However, I'm sure there will be tax abatements involved. There is always a catch. And the citizens ALWAYS pay.

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dentaldawg83 2 years, 4 months ago

there's already 4 hotels there, 2 within walking distance. we need another 2/3 empty hotel, why? and no cost to the taxpayers?...suuuuuuuure...

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kevin 2 years, 4 months ago

"There was never a situation that required so little from the government," Nash said. So the reporter didn't ask her what the words "required so little" mean. I smell a rat somewhere. The County must have given them 10 yrs no property taxes or something similar. Gwinnett never gets that lucky to get a project here without some deal.

Never fully trust a politician that has a street named after them. This shows their power over the people.

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R 2 years, 4 months ago

The developer gets a 99 year lease and the county gets 1 dollar a year ...

The revenue potential will be based will be on hotel occupancy taxes and larger convention draws at the center. This project will close the doors on the 1990s so let it go thru, JUST don’t claim you NEED the 737 passenger traffic at Briscoe to support this puppy later…

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roaads1 2 years, 4 months ago

I wasn't going to post anything but wow. Mrs Nash has been a breathe of fresh air to this county. Its easy to complain but she really has brought integrity back at a time when there was little to be found. I believe she has Gwinnett's best interest at heart. All decisions are complicated. If you aren't at the BOC meetings to find these things out at least catch up doing some homework. She does a great job and its a tough one.

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rco1847 2 years, 3 months ago

Nash is excited about giving out corporate welfare. It's time to end that gravey train and conservative Republcans had better get on board.

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rco1847 2 years, 3 months ago

roaads just loves taxpayer money being given to the rich folks in return for minimum wage jobs - no english required.

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