By Raquel Hendrickson | inMaricopa.com
For decades a no-hotel town, Maricopa is now a one-hotel town. And that is not enough for those trying to build the economy.
A new feasibility study due out this month concurs with earlier economic studies, developers and elected officials: Maricopa is a good market for hotels.
The much-delayed Holiday Inn Express has not yet been the answer to the need, but it remains on the horizon – at least that is the hope of the developer.
The sign that read “Opening Fall 2011” and later “Opening Spring 2014” told the story of a hotel plan in hiatus. Initially promoted as the first new lodging establishment in Maricopa in more than 50 years, it was dragged to a standstill during the permitting process.