Second Hotel to Locate at Charles Pointe

The Exponent Telegram

by Jim Fisher


Wednesday, June 22, 2005

BRIDGEPORT – Another hotel chain has announced plans to build a lodging facility at Charles Pointe in Bridgeport.

Microtel Inn & Suites, a budget hotel chain, plans to build an 85-room, three-story hotel.

“The hotel will be an important factor in serving the Bridgeport Conference Center and support the Greater Bridgeport Visitor and Convention Bureau’s efforts to attract snowbird traffic as well as those visiting the area to enjoy our outstanding year-round recreation venues,” said Jamie Corton, managing partner of Charles Pointe developer Genesis Partners, in a release.

The Microtel hotel will have single, double and suite accommodations, and will provide guests with free local and long distance telephone service within the continental U.S. and free wireless high-speed Internet access, as well as a continental breakfast.

This is the second hotel planned for the nearly 2,000-acre planned community.

A five-story Wingate Inn is under construction, as is the Bridgeport Convention Center that will be attached to the hotel.

Also, Petroleum Development Corp. recently announced it would be building a 32,000-square-foot corporate facility at Charles Pointe.

Officials also are expecting S&A Homes, the exclusive home builders for the residential portion of Charles Pointe, to soon have its first model home up with other homes to be built by the end of the year.

Despite the new construction, there remain “several hundred acres” of prime developable land at Charles Pointe, said Bill Phillips, president of The Phillips Group, a firm representing Genesis Partners.

Microtel hopes to break ground later this summer, with the goal of opening next spring.

The planned community also is expected to include retail, professional buildings and recreational and entertainment facilities.