Columbus Welcomes A Nine Million Dollar Hotel Project

In only nine months, spot of land on Victory Drive will be the home of a new 120- room Suburban Extended Stay Hotel.

At the groundbreaking ceremony AFCO Lodges introduced its 9 million dollar investment on Victory Drive.

"I think with all the good things that's happening in south Columbus, it's just an exciting time for Columbus Georgia," says Mayor Jim Wetherington.

For a city on the rise, the National Infantry Museum is only one of several projects supporting re-development in Columbus South.

The museum is catching the eyes of many people, locally and nationally.

"I heard about all the growth taking place, so we said let's go look at it. Then we learned about the museum, which is an overwhelming project in terms its potential impact on the area and we thought this is the chance to do something good and be apart of a great story," added Chairman of AFCO Lodges, Sam Friedman.

The museum is expected to bring half a million tourists to town.

The new hotel is bringing 20 new jobs.

Local leaders say just when you thought things couldn't get any better....

"You watch an outside firm, an outside company, come through the due-diligence needed to make this sort of investment. It's a great testimonial to our region, but specifically to Columbus South and the re-developing opportunity that exists here," says Chamber of Commerce Chairperson, Stella Shullum.

"We're just excited about being apart of it, plus this is a wonderful place to do business," added Friedman."