UPDATE: Multi-million dollar hotel project in Milton to get underway in late October

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MILTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 10/12/17 @ 6:30 p.m.
A multi-million dollar hotel project in Milton was formally announced Thursday.

The "Grand Patrician" will replace the old Morris Memorial Hospital which has been vacant since 2009.

The project is being completely funded by Jeff Hoops and his family who are hoping to add baseball fields, a golf course, pools, even town homes on the 189 acres of land.

"I can't wait to see the bulldozers unload, the excavators moving, people working," said Milton Mayor Tom Canterbury.

Hoops says the project is expected to take 18-24 months to complete and is planning on getting things started in late October.

The actual building will be renovated into a 100-room hotel. The building, which was built in the 1930s, originally served as a treatment center for polio patients, including Hoops' aunt and brother-in-law.

"I guess having this opportunity here did bring it full circle and give us an opportunity to do something really positive," said Hoops. Hoops adds with all the amenities, including the sports fields, he hopes to see tournaments and out-of-state teams come in and bring revenue to an area he and his family have called home for 20 years.

Neighbors who live nearby tell WSAZ they are also excited for the possibilities, especially the problems they have seen with the property since it has been vacant.

"Some of the problems that we've had is people going in and out of the property, going through the yard. A lot of drug dealing going on over there, a lot of trash," said Anita Robinson who lives nearby. "To have a nice place go in there that's going to offer jobs, and bring out more for our community, it'll gives us some opportunity to showcase Milton, as well."

Jeff Hoops will serve as the property developer for the entire project.

Canterbury established the Department of Planning and Development in 2017 to help the project move forward.



ORIGINAL STORY 10/11/17 @ 6:53 p.m.
Plans have been made to change a historic hospital into a community development project in Milton.

According to a release, the City of Milton announced Wednesday they are partnering with Hoops Family to rehabilitate the now vacant Morris Memorial Hospital into a 100 room hotel.

The Hoops Family plans to change the 88,000 sq. ft. building into a grand hotel along with other facilities on the 189 acres of undeveloped land on the property.

The hospital has been vacant since 2009 and has gone through vandalism and deterioration.

According to a release, preliminary plans on the property include:
• 100 Room Hotel with additional Extended Stay Suites
• Indoor/Outdoor Pool Facilities
• Grand Ballroom/ Conference Center
• 250 Seat Wedding Chapel
• Gym/Workout Facility
• Medical Clinic/ Physical Rehab Center
• Restaurant
• Grand Fountain in front of Hotel
• Youth/Adult Baseball Fields
• Youth/Adult Softball Fields
• Soccer Fields
• Activity Complex
• Activity Trails
• Amphitheater
• Par 3 Nine Hole Golf Course
• Stables/ Horse Trails
• Townhomes
• Public Access to all Facilities

Jeff Hoops will serve as the property developer for the entire project.

Milton Mayor Tom Canterbury established the Department of Planning and Development in 2017 to help the project move forward.

Construction on the property is scheduled to begin later in October.



 
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