Hoxie looking to move city hall, add motel

Hoxie looking to move city hall and add hotel

HOXIE, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 town might be seeing a few changes soon.

One of those projects is moving their city hall into a new building.

The council recently held a special meeting to discuss the possibility of moving city hall into the old Iberia Bank building in town.

Everyone who attended the meeting agreed to the move, as long as the roof is fixed and the air units are working properly.

Mayor Dennis Coggins says moving buildings is something the council has been wanting to do for several years.

“It will move us centrally located into the town where people will be able to get to us, and also we have the drive through where the people will be able to drive through and pay their water bills,” said Coggins.

The council will have another special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 to begin the process of buying the building.

Coggins said that once everything is finalized, it would take about a month to move everything into the new building.

Another big change the city could see is a 40-unit motel.

A committee meeting was held Thursday to talk about the possible motel, which would be built on the city’s land near the bypass.

The recommendation from Thursday’s committee meeting will be voted on at the next city council meeting.

Coggins said the new business would benefit more than just the city of Hoxie.

“That will bring several dollars into the sales tax to the city of Hoxie, but it won’t just help Hoxie, it will help Walnut Ridge and the county because anything that happens in our county, it helps everybody,” said Coggins.

Coggins said if everything works out, the owner will start construction on the motel as soon as possible.

He also said if the motel comes to town, it will open up an opportunity for other businesses that are interested in the area.

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