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Silsbee working with developer to move ahead with luxury hotel project

Silsbee is trying to take the next step to ensure a developer moves ahead with a plan to build a luxury hotel in the town.

"It's just a short ways from that pine tree to to his front door," said Mary Smith.

Mary Smith lives only a few feet from where the hotel would go up if everything proceeds according to plan.

"I truly think that if the city needs this, then build it, but not here," said Smith.

Two weeks ago, Silsbee City Council unanimously approved a developer's plan to build a $6 million Radisson Country Inn and Suites Hotel.

Also good for the things we have going on here, that people have a place to stay without driving all the way from Beaumont," said Mayor Herbert Muckleroy.

He says the 4 story, 80 room hotel would keep tourists in town for activities including the annual car show and canoeing down Village Creek.

"There's lots of tourism funds we feel like we'll pick up from this," said Muckleroy.

More tourism means more people shopping locally.

"It's going to help us in our growth and help us in the money that we receive," said Mayor Muckleroy.

However, Smith says growth can lead to problems.

"It's going to bring a lot of traffic and we're not used to that," said Smith. "We have a lot of animals and children that play. We're really concerned about that."

Kenneth Miller believes the hotel would be good for the city.

"I think they'll open up once they see what type of revenue it's bringing to the city," said Miller.

The next step is for the city to apply for a grant to help pay for things like plumbing, utilities and roads, to ensure the company goes ahead with plans to build the hotel and possibly a second one behind it.

The developer has said publicly he plans to go forward.

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