CHIPPEWA TWP. — Community college aviation students and families, as well as oil and gas workers, could soon be making use of a new hotel by the Beaver County Airport.
The 79-room limited-service hotel will be equipped with free wireless Internet and rooms that include single and double beds and 27 suites. Each suite would have a queen bed, sleeper sofa and kitchen area with miniature microwave, refrigerator and small cooking area, project manager Matthew Rendulic said.
The amenities could be helpful to Community College of Beaver County aviation students who need to find short-term housing. The college’s Aviation Sciences Center, which provides everything from air traffic control to professional pilot programs, is located at the airport.
“Whenever the students come in, there was a need for housing, at least temporarily, prior to them finding apartments for their long-term solutions,” Rendulic said.
The franchise also plans to cater to those in the natural gas industry, especially those who might use the county airport.
The Microtel by Wyndham has been under construction since September 2014 and is slated to open Jan. 6, Rendulic said.
Castlebrook had wanted to develop the area three years ago, but the market wasn’t right, company representatives said. Recently it was easier to get financing.
Another big factor for developing now is the possibility of Shell Chemicals constructing a petrochemical facility in Potter and Center townships at the former Horsehead Corp. smelter plant.
“If the cracker plant happens, that’s going to be a huge plus,” said Pat Nardelli of Castlebrook Development Group, the Pittsburgh-based company that’s developing the hotel.
Chippewa Township also was ripe for a hotel because other competitors are concentrated in Center and Big Beaver, Nardelli said.
“There’s nothing out there. There’s no competition” Nardelli said of the Chippewa location being developed. “There appeared to be a need.”
This article was written by David Taube from Beaver County Times, Pa. and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.