The east and west sides of Henryetta are going to see some major changes in the coming months.
motel proposedAt the Henryetta Economic Development Authority meeting Monday morning, motel owner Ken Patel announced a new motel will be going up on the west side of town in the coming months.
The motel, as yet unnamed, will occupy part of the eight acres of land that will soon have sewer access.
He told HEDA members he is also in negotiations with a couple of restaurants that could locate in the same area.
HEDA has provided funding to lay a sewer line to that area and the 35 acres owned by the city. That land already has water available and the access to sewer makes the property a prime location for future retail development.
Patel said there is still help needed to light up the Interstate 40 exit to make it more attractive to travelers. He said conversations with motorists indicated they did not feel safe pulling off the highway because of the lack of lighting.
That work would entail contacts with both PSO as well as the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
Patel said plans for the new motel should be finished within a month.
All that remains for the sewer line is connecting to a lift station and dig the trench and bury the sewer line through the city property.
HEDA members approved reimbursing the city for $74,340.70 for the sewer construction and $7,900 for engineering work.
On the east end of town, the site of a Burger King restaurant is being prepared. Dirt is being hauled in to get the property on East Trudgeon out of a flood zone.
That building is projected to be finished in about 120 days.burger king
HEDA member and city mayor Jennifer Munholland said QuikTrip engineers are working on the easements and utility lines for that project.
She said current estimates call for construction to begin in March. One of the biggest hangups is the natural gas line owned by OneOk that runs north along the east side of the property.