BRISTOL, Tenn. — Rain that fell Friday afternoon didn’t stop officials associated with the Tenneva Hotel from breaking ground on the Holiday Inn’s site.
The owner of the Tenneva LLC, local politicians, other government officials and business people gathered around 3 p.m. at the construction site of the hotel.
The hotel, once completed, will be seven stories, with a bar and restaurant, a full lounge at the top that will have a view of downtown Bristol, extra parking beyond what is needed for guests to help alleviate some of parking issues downtown and charging stations for electric cars. The hotel will have 141 rooms and is expected to open by fall 2020.
Brian Deal, employee of Tenneva and project manager, said the hotel is designed to be eco-friendly and to have a beneficial impact on Little Creek, which runs by the property. He also said the hotel is designed so that once it is up and running, it will use minimal water and energy.
Fred Slaughter, president and owner of Tenneva LLC, said the site of the hotel has a long and storied past in Bristol and thanked the city government of Bristol, Tennessee, and everyone else who made the hotel a possibility.
Bristol Tennessee City Councilman-elect Mahlon Luttrell said the hotel would be an exciting addition to downtown Bristol.
“It’s something the city of Bristol, Tennessee, has needed for some time,” Luttrell said.
Bristol, Tennessee, Mayor Margaret Feierabend said she hoped the owners of the Tenneva and the other two downtown hotels — The Bristol Hotel and the Sessions Hotel, which is also currently under construction — would cooperate to make sure they all succeeded.