QUINCY (WGEM) – Quincy Mayor Mike Troup said with the recent closure of hotels and motels in downtown Quincy, there is a need for 400 additional rooms to attract larger events to the region.
“There’s just a need when you talk to the Oakley-Lindsay Center, our visitor and tour groups,” Troup said.
Troup said these groups receive requests from groups of up to 1,200 people. It now hopes to fill that need by bringing more hotels into the hospitality corridor near the Oakley-Lindsay Center and the riverfront.
“I would like to push to try and get to 1,200 rooms,” Troup said. “If there are only 800 rooms, these groups will not come to Quincy.”
He is looking to use $500,000 in food and beverage tax revenue to incentivize developers to build one or two new hotels with a minimum of 100 rooms each.
“We could attract larger events and hold their events regularly in Quincy,” he said.
“We are contributing to this fund,” said The Atrium’s third general manager, David Griffin. “So we would pay them money to generate competition. I’m not sure that’s a good idea.
He said it wasn’t a good idea because Quincy’s hospitality industry has struggled in recent years.
“We are definitely not up to pre-COVID standards yet. 2019 and 2020 have been devastating for us. 2021, we are back,” Griffin said.
While Griffin said he’s glad the mayor is pushing for a return to downtown Quincy, he thinks tax revenue should be used to fund police and fire pensions, improve roads and attract newcomers. new residents.
“We have a personnel problem here. So we can have confident staff,” Griffin said. “That we can have people who, when they apply, show up for the interview and eventually show up for the job and stay longer than a month.”
Griffin said he would also like more hotel managers, the Quincy Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Oakley-Lindsay Center to be more involved in the conversation about these potential developments.
Troup said they are working on the resolution to present to city council at the next meeting.
He said they hoped to have the packages reviewed by aldermen by Friday April 8 so they could be ready for discussions and votes by Monday April 11.
Troup said he also used food and beverage tax revenue to cover incentives to attract developers to former Kmart ownership.
He hopes this incentive will encourage developers to do the same for the vacant Eagle’s Nest and Welcome Inn properties.
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