Improvements made, and more desired

May. 16, 2013 @ 06:02 PM

The operators of a new hotel in Henderson received a warm welcome this week by city leaders who were glad to see the renovation results and their impacts in turning part of a troubled area of town toward development and progress.

Anjali Koul, property owner for the newly franchised and now open Quality Inn on Parham Road, said city leaders could aid the cause by helping with wider foliage clearing in the area south and toward Interstate 85, exit 215.

Koul said a principle for reaching one of their goals is a warm, welcoming and bright area. It has included clearing their property in order to provide better exposure for the business.

She said she also hopes the city will follow their lead on property improvements with help on roadway repairs and street lighting.

“Our plan is to make our place an event destination,” Koul said, “where they can eat, they can sleep and they can celebrate.”

Council members lauded the work being done, but did not commit to any funded work by city departments. City administrators noted that interstate exit areas where most of the foliage clearing work would be done are under the state Department of Transportation.

They took other requests under advisement for future consideration.

Stuart Litvin, director of the Henderson-Vance County Economic Development Commission, said the renovation work at Quality Inn has already helped local businesses.

“It is always a pleasure to bring a win-win-win proposition for our area,” Litvin said. “They have used a lot of local businesses and contractors who have put money back into our local economy.”

Litvin encouraged continued partnership with the Koul family’s Quality franchise to keep improvements on Parham Road a priority.

Koul said she and her husband, Vijay Koul, remain committed to the cause of economic growth for the area. She said an event destination hotel, with a large parking lot and charging station for Kerr Lake boaters, a 4,000 square-foot ballroom for corporate events and the Boondocks Bar and Grill for dining, is a draw for tourism dollars.

“What we need is an influx of money from outside the area into our economy,” she said.

Koul said the added foliage clearing, roadwork and lighting would bring more traffic, increase the sense of safety for residents and patrons, brighten and open the area, thus increasing business prospects for success that would lead to more jobs and development of the area.

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