(Courtesy of Gilbert Lopez and GKI Architects)
By Taylor Griffith | Coolidge Examiner
COOLIDGE — The number of Casa Grande Ruins tourists extending their stay in Coolidge soon should see an increase as the Planning and Zoning Commission approved the site plan for a new Marriott Fairfield Inn and TownePlace Suites hotel Wednesday.
“I went and spoke to Casa Grande National Monument and they’re pretty excited about it (the hotel) because they say people come to town and they look at things and then they leave,” Development Services Director Gilbert Lopez said at the meeting. “(Visitors) go to Casa Grande and they go to Florence, so this is an opportunity for them to stay in town here in Coolidge, and we had 80,000-plus (visitors), and on May 22, they told me they are planning to open (the monument) seven days a week again.”
The dual-branded Marriott hotel will be constructed directly across from the Ruins monument and adjacent to the Safeway at 1155 N. Arizona Blvd. It is expected to be four stories with about 110 rooms, according to Lopez.