REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – Tuesday the Poarch Creek Indians announced a $1 million investment to help move Gate 9 away from I-565.
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says the project, which is already underway, is now fully funded. The total cost of the project is expected to be in the range of $6-to-9 million.
The Poarch Creek Indians own the TownePlace Suites by Marriott, a 120-room, four-story hotel at Redstone Gateway set to open in May 2016.
A representative for the Poarch Creek Indians said they want to help with the safety issue of Gate 9 being so close to 565. As most Arsenal workers know, an accident near the gate or heightened security measures can create a backup of vehicles that extends well onto 565, creating a hazardous situation for commuters.
The Poarch Creek Indians have the rights to build a second hotel on Redstone Gateway, but nothing firm is planned yet.