Waco: More hotels interested, Brazos Commons developers say

WACO, Texas (KWTX) The developers of the proposed Brazos Commons project in downtown Waco say four new full service hotels have expressed interest in being part of the project that the Drury Plaza Hotel recently pulled out of.

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"We have numerous people who have called on the property in the last 10 to 15 days that we are talking with and interviewing to see which one will fit best for the overall project," said Mike Anderson, spokesman for Brazos Common Development.

Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver said the expression of interest from other hotel chains is encouraging.

"That's wonderful news I had not heard that,” he said Tuesday.

“I have not had a chance to talk with them since the Drury thing went away. Drury was a great project, but if they're telling you that that sounds great to me."

Deaver remains convinced that Waco natives Joe Beard and Rick Sheldon will get the project done despite setbacks,

"I have confidence that these developers are going to do a great job with the development it will be first class it will be deserving of a first-class hotel."

Carla Pendergraft of the Waco Convention Center says tourism is booming in the city.

"Waco is still number two in the state in hotel occupancies,” she said.

"It would be a huge deal to get a hotel on the river in walking distance to the convention center. We can sell bigger and bigger conventions and Waco will be in even better shape," she said.

The Brazos Commons Project was first planned along the riverfront, but has been moved primarily to University Parks drive.

The proposed development includes shops, stores, and apartments surrounding a marquee hotel.

Anderson says he knows there are those who are cynical about the project,

"To the naysayers I would say to be patient and let's get the right thing for Waco that's the most important thing. You only have one chance to do it right.