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New hotels in the works near OV Mall

Updated: Friday, August 15 2014, 12:16 PM EDT
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio -- It's a sign of the times in the Ohio Valley. There's been a tremendous need for housing and hospitality in the way of hotels in recent years.
It's an aspect the Cafaro Company is capitalizing on as two new, extended-stay hotels are planned around the Ohio Valley Mall. Construction on a new Residence Inn will begin this month. The approximately 100-room, all-suite hotel will be situated immediately west of the mall, just south of the new connector road, which is also still in progress.
Joe Bell, Cafaro Company director of corporate communications, said the lodging will be in business next summer.
"It's designed for extended-stay travelers, business travelers, or even folks that just want a more comfortable, spacious room," he said.
At the same time, in front of the mall, it's a similar story. A five-story "Candlewood Suites" broke ground earlier this summer. Much like the Residence Inn, Candlewood Suites will be approximately 100 rooms, also set for completion in summer of 2015.
Bell says the reasoning for these new projects is twofold: "A lot of folks are coming in and servicing the Shale oil and gas industry and they find the need to stay weeks or months at a time," he said. "(And) based on the location right there off the interstate, it's really important there to be ample hospitality for casual travelers," Bell said.

New hotels in the works near OV Mall

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