Economic Development In Greene County

By: Summer Knowles
By: Summer Knowles

July 12, 2005

Officials are building up Greene County in an effort to bring in much needed revenue.

"I think it's great," says Greene County Resident Denise Radice. "It's a poor county and they need the money, and the taxes will certainly help."

Radice is welcoming plans for the county's newest development with open arms. "I'd rather have this built up and have more things from Charlottesville come over here so we're not always going into town that way with all the traffic."

Fried Companies recently announced the construction of a three-story, 118-room Best Western Inn and Suites that will be located off Route 29-N.

The hotel is expected to create 25 new jobs in Greene County and is projected to generate about $2.5 million in room sales in its first full year.

"This is the first step of commercial and economic development for Greene County, and hopefully this is just the second groundbreaking of many more to come," says Fried Companies' Steve Jones.

Even though the project will bring much needed revenue to the county, some residents are still a little skeptical. "There's a little dirt path that's right where they're going to be building that, and I love to go running up there," says Greene County Resident Megan Ulan. "It's really peaceful and there's a lake nearby, but now when they have the Best Western Inn there, there's going to be a lot of car noises and more people." Megan admits the project is good for the county, but wishes it would have been put in a different location.

The hotel is scheduled to open the summer of 2006.

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