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New Hotel Coming To Steele

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The change of pace in Bismarck has started pushing people to smaller towns for a more relaxed lifestyle. In turn the population growth in the city of Steele has brought demand for bigger and better services.

For most, the city of Steele is a quick stop to grab gas before hitting the road again.

"It just seems like a nice little town, I enjoy stopping here," says truck driver Doug Johnson.

But 26 local investors are building a new hotel so travelers can stay longer and they say residents will benefit from it too.

"We can't get any big conventions, we cant get other organizations, the idea of a motel in town here is fantastic, we're looking forward to it our class reunions. We are always looking for a place to stay it's a good deal for that," says Mayor Murray Strom.

After the Lone Steer Hotel burnt down two years ago, Steele's other motel only has 10 rooms for rent. The new Cobblestone Hotel will be built just north of where the Lone Steer once stood. Cobblestone Hotel's CEO says Steele fits the model of communities they focus on.

"Smaller rural communities that we're targeting that the bigger brands won't go to, so we bring that midscale limited service to the smaller communities," says Cobblestone Hotel's President and CEO Brian Wogernese

Once built the hotel will be visible from I-94 and directly across from the popular Coffee Cup Travel Plaza, which is undergoing it's own expansion to include a Subway, Pizza Hut Express and Caribou Coffee. Coffee Cup owner Tom Heinz sees the hotel as a win-win situation.

"The hotel provides a win for the city of Steele and also the customers of the Coffee Cup travel plaza because our customers are looking for lodging at different times as well," says Heinz.

Johnson agrees and says the hotel is needed.

"Traffic seems to be getting a lot more through North Dakota, but I think it'll be a big improvement," says Johnson.

The investor owned hotel will cost about $2.4 million to build, and construction is set to begin early this summer.

 The hotel should take about six months to build.

    
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