Tax abatement in place for new Liberty hotel

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) — A tax abatement is now in place for a new hotel in Liberty.

Trumbull County Commissioners on Friday approved a 10-year, 49 percent tax cut for a new Comfort Inn on Belmont Avenue. The abatement originally was approved last month, but new owners took over the project so the paperwork needed to updated.

The $6 million hotel will include 86 rooms, and all of them will be suites. The property formerly housed the Ramada Inn.

Liberty Township Trustee Stan Nudell said the hotel developers are in negotiations with a conference center and banquet facility that could be added on to the hotel.

Groundbreaking for the new hotel is set for next month, and it should be ready for its first guest in April 2015.

Commissioners hope the hotel is just the beginning of development in the area. Commissioner Frank Fuda said the county has been working on sanitary sewers on state Route 193 for the past five years.

“We’re looking for a lot of progress from Liberty through Vienna on 193, so this is the start of that,” Fuda said.

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