By Tony Parra
The new Holiday Inn Express hotel is still in the works and developers are hoping to begin construction within 30 days.
The architectural designs were approved by the construction industries division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department last week.
Tushar Patel is a developer for TNJ Management, which is building the hotel. Patel said bids are being taken for many aspects of the construction, such as paving, concrete work, drywall, mechanical, electrical and plumbing.
“We received a permit from the state last week to get started,” Patel said on Monday. “Everything has ran smoothly. We are anxious to get started. We want to be completed as soon as possible.”
Patel said anyone interested in bidding for any aspects of the work can contact TNJ Management at 505-275-8223. Bid applications for the “dirt work,” such as paving and concrete work need to be sent in by Monday, Patel said.
Patel said all other construction work such as electrical, mechanical, plumbing and drywall can be bid for within 30 days.
“We need to get started on the concrete work right away,” Patel said. “We’re using some of the construction companies we’ve used for other projects, but we’re open to take bids.”
Patel said the company is looking at a time-frame of 11 months once they begin construction work for completion of the hotel and for the grand opening of the hotel.
Patel said since the purchasing of the property in mid-February, TNJ Management officials have been working on several items before they could break ground. Patel said they were busy acquiring the Holiday Inn Express franchise tag, acquiring permits, and properly disposing of asbestos at the building formerly known as the Hillcrest Motel off of U.S. 70. He said they were also busy with the demolition of the Hillcrest Motel.
“Everyone has been anxiously waiting and anticipating to get this project going,” Mayor Orlando Ortega said. “A lot of work has do be done, like architectural designs and blueprints, before the actual ground-breaking.”
Patel said the proposed 65-room hotel will probably have between 15 to 20 employees. He said the hotel will contain a conference room and a small meeting room.
The Holiday Inn Express hotel is one of two new hotels to be developed in Portales within the next year. City officials have also made an agreement to have the Portales Inn reopened.