The city of Chelsea breaks ground on first hotel in its history

Chelsea
Rendering of the new LaQuinta Hotel by Wyndham coming to Chelsea. (The Shelby County Chamber/Facebook)

The city of Chelsea is getting its first hotel property.

Last week, local and state officials held a groundbreaking ceremony with representatives from Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and Auburn Hospitality Group at the site of a new 82-room LaQuinta by Wyndham Hotel. 

The location of the hotel is 110 Atchison Drive, just off Highway 280. It will be behind the newly opened Buffalo Wild Wings and Arbys.

“LaQuinta’s decision to place the first ever hotel in Chelsea, is another example of the positive growth our county continues to enjoy,” Kirk Mancer with the Shelby County Chamber told Bham Now. “That’s due in large part to the outstanding quality of life that is found throughout the county.”

Fast Growing Chelsea

The Chelsea community has been one of the fastest growing towns in Alabama over the past decade. According to the 2020 census, the city grew 47.1% from 2010 to 2020.

The city was incorporated nearly 25 years ago in 1996. The population back then was 906. Today, more than 15,000+ residents call Chelsea home.

According to the Shelby County Chamber, the new hotel will have the following economic impact:

  • 14 full-time jobs
  • 8 part-time jobs
  • 50 construction job

“The fact that Chelsea is one of the county’s fastest growing communities is testament that they were ready to have their first ever hotel,” added Mancer.

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Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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