The project also ran into trouble in February 2012, when commissioner John Heard, an architect, disclosed that he had served as a paid consultant for Nilhan since the prior month. He recused himself from discussions related to the deal and resigned his seat on the convention board.
The whole process, said Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Preston Williams, has been “like pushing a rope uphill.”
“It has had its challenges,” he said. “While it has been frustrating … we, the county, the citizens, are going to have a quality hotel.”
Concord is investing $70 million in the hotel, which will be built at no cost to the county.
The project is one of three hotels in the works in the area. A 115-room Courtyard by Marriott on Satellite Boulevard broke ground in October and a 166-room Embassy Suites is slated to break ground by early June.