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Bridge View Center still looking for hotel developer

A proposed outline of the new Bridge View Center Hotel and additional parking lots. (Ottumwa City Council)

The Planning and Development department in Ottumwa is asking for extra time to find a developer for a potential Bridge View Center hotel.

City council began first requested proposals in May of this year. Since that time, they’ve received just one proposal from a developer.

The department is asking for a one-month extension for the proposals, extending the deadline to November 6th.

City administrator Andy Morris hopes the city council is more aggressive at pursuing potential developers.

“Putting the proposal out there is not something that I think we can just put on the table and wait and see what happens. I think we need to be aggressive and reach out to potential chains,” Morris said.

If a potential developer is found, the current timeline for to begin construction is fall 2018.

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