Winamac can support a new 40-bed hotel, according to an initial feasibility study. That’s in line with the proposed development of a 44-room facility proposed by Wisconsin-based Cobblestone Development. Developer John F. Seibert says the accommodations would be similar to those offered by a Holiday Inn Express or Hampton Inn. His company specializes in developing budget friendly accommodations for business travelers and others in small rural communities like Winamac. Pulaski County Economic Development Director Nathan P. Origer told the county commissioners the next step is to meet with potential investors. Seibert says hotels like the one his company is proposing take about five months to build.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.