Developer plans hotel project in Webb City

If you need somewhere to spend the night in the Joplin area, chances are you'll start looking near 32nd and Range Line. But now a local developer wants to offer a different alternative in Webb City. A Webb City developer is negotiating to buy land currently owned by the city of Webb City.

"We would build a 32 unit hotel with a 10,000 square foot convention center,” says Wes Barnum.

That's the vision from Webb City Developer Wes Barnum.
"We've identified there's a need on the north end of Joplin, Webb city, Carl Junction. There's nothing on this, in this area to facilitate people to come to the area to stay,” says Wes Barnum.

He's negotiating with the Webb City City Council to buy seven acres in the Centennial Retail Park near Interstate 49 and Highway 171. The council has already given preliminary support for the project, which would become the city's only hotel as well as boost gathering space.

"Which we desperately need in this area. One we don't have a hotel in Webb City, and convention space in Webb City is pretty limited with, you know, we have several small venues, but we would enjoy having one, just a little bit larger one available to us,” says Carl Francis, WC City Admin.

Barnum hopes to capitalize on guests to corporate headquarters in the area, others coming to Webb City for weddings and other events, as well as those traveling on I-49 and Highway 171.
"There's a large amount of traffic that travels through here,” says Wes Barnum.

And he adds the potential benefits aren't limited to Centennial Park.

"That's the other thing about a hotel, people come here and stay. They're going to shop, they're going to have to buy gas, going to have to have food,” says Wes Barnum.

This isn't the only project for this developer on site. He's already spending three million dollars on a strip mall and new duplexes. The Webb City council has given preliminary support to sell the land. The developer is hoping to start work early in the new year.

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