Richard D. L. Fulton
(9/27) The new $40 million, 250 plus-room Wyndham
Gettysburg hotel and conference facility opened its doors Sept. 8, the second
hotel completed at the site which will ultimately include four hotels.
The new upscale hotel joins the 152-room Courtyard by
Marriott officially opened in February, and the Gettysburg 8 Theater, which
opened in April. Planned in the near future are two more hotels, with work on
one of them slated to begin later this year, two restaurants, presently under
construction, and a shopping area.
Robert J. Monahan Jr., principal and general partner of
Gateway Gettysburg, pointed out the patriotic theme of the new hotel at the
Sept. 6 media preview, complete with Civil War prints and the elements and
colors of the presidential seal used throughout the hotel decor.
Monahan described the Wyndham as "a hotel that has been
carefully crafted" and "reflects the action (Battle of Gettysburg) that took
place here." The hotel, he said, "gives you a feel for the area."
Gettysburg Commissioner Caroline S. Smith, also
attending the preview, described the complex as "a gift to the area. For
Gettysburg to have something like this, it's a wonderful economic surge to the
Gateway Gettysburg, located near the U.S. 15
interchange on Route 30, will include four hotels, two restaurants (with a
spring 2007 targeted completion date), a shopping area and a theater, and other
possible projects, will encompass some 100 acres when completed, and is
expected to cost around $275 to $300 million.
The entire complex is expected to employ about 1,000.
Gateway Gettysburg representatives stated that efforts are made to hire as many
local residents and use as many local support businesses as possible in
staffing and equipping the various projects.