From staff reports.
BRIDGEPORT, (Wednesday, October 25, 2000)
Charles Pointe, a $750-million development which promises to "create hundreds of jobs and be the location for thousands more," will be unveiled today during a 10 a.m., invitation-only, ceremony near here.
Parties involved in making the announcement will include West Virginia University President David Hardesty, Bridgeport Mayor L. J. Timms, Jim Humphrey, president and chief executive officer of Humphrey Hospitality Trust, Inc. and representatives of Genesis Partners, according to Tracy Taylor, of the public relations firm Golin/Harris.
In a press release on WVU’s Web site, the development was described as a desirable residential development that "creates a quality lifestyle for the next century – a unique destination in a natural setting where families can live, work and play."
According to its Web site, Humphrey Hospitality Trust, Inc., has been involved in the development of 88 hotels across the country. The trust owns and operates hotels under various franchise names such as Best Western, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express.
Timms confirmed Bridgeport’s involvement with the project, but indicated that city officials, along with other major players in the announcement, had signed a confidentiality agreement.
Hardesty did not return telephone calls left for him at his office and home.