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Hampton Inn to be built in Maugansville

June 30, 1999|By BRUCE HAMILTON

MAUGANSVILLE - A hotel with 83 rooms and an indoor pool will be built in Maugansville, the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission's marketing director said Wednesday.

A Smithsburg couple are building a Hampton Inn in a 90-acre business park at the I-81 and Maugans Avenue intersection, according to Tim Riford. He said the hotel is the latest development in a growth boom along the interstate.

There has been tremendous growth along I-81 from Carlisle, Pa., to Winchester, Va., he said. "I would think that is the booming north-south corridor in the Eastern United States," he said.

The new Hampton Inn will be the first hotel travelers will see when they cross from Pennsylvania into Maryland on I-81, Riford said.

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The inn, which will be close to Hagerstown Regional Airport, will add commercial rooms in the area.

"Any time you can add new room inventory it certainly helps in different ways," said Ben Hart, executive director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "It gives us more space for convention delegates."

The hotel will add visibility to the business park and lead to more "impulse stopping" in the area, Hart said. "There's a lot of positives to it," he said.

Riford said the hotel will create 25 jobs when it opens.

A Microtel Inn is under construction on the northwest side of the intersection at exit 9, where there is also a Burger King. The Hampton Inn will be built on the northeast side behind the Taco Bell and Waffle House.

It joins a cluster of businesses near the interstate such as Phoenix Color, Citicorp Credit Services and Hub Labels. It will be the second Hampton Inn in Washington County; the first, on Dual Highway, has 118 rooms.

Randy and Michele Morral, of Smithsburg, will be co-owners and operators of the Hampton Inn, Randy Morral said.

"We don't put it up and walk away," he said.

The Morrals co-own the Golden Corral, a restaurant beside the Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick, Md. They also own a Best Western in Breezewood, Pa., which Randy Morral said belonged to his father.

The business park in Maugansville is a good location and in a good market, he said. "There's a lot of growth up in that area," he said.

Studies show more traffic is flowing along I-81 in response to congestion on I-95, according to Morral.

He said he hopes to break ground this month and get the necessary building permits in August. He expects construction to take between eight and nine months, depending on the weather, he said.

An opening is planned for May 2000.

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