The Political Agitator’s response: Wow! It appears that they see the need for more hotel space and that will help with the many things that are going on in Rocky Mount and with the Downtown Facility Center coming soon. The need for more hotel space is a demand and excluding the DFC, there is money being lost due to the need for more hotel space. I hate to see the Convention Center go but makes good business sense.
The planned Dec. 31 closure of the Gateway Convention Center sent ripples throughout the community this week as the announcement was made and the ramifications were realized.
“We have a lot of positive things going on and I look forward to the future in Rocky Mount, but I was stunned when I heard the Gateway Center was closing,” said Amanda Bell, who serves as the vice chairwoman of events for the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce. “It was like someone had sucker punched me.”
Rockbridge, an investment company in Ohio, bought the DoubleTree hotel, the Gateway Convention Center and 4.57 acres of vacant land in March 2008. Managing Director John Rosen said in an interview Friday that they are working on plans to redevelop the property the convention center has occupied since 1989. (Source: Read more)