The Travelers Hotel is a new 20-room hotel coming to downtown Clarksdale set to open early next year. This is a project by Coahoma Collective, a new non-profit downtown developer operated by Ann Williams, their executive director.
“Our mission is an arts-driven revitalization effort in downtown Clarksdale,” Williams said, “and we are the developer of the hotel.” The deal closed on the purchase of the old Webster Building on E. 3rd Street in February, 2018, and construction started immediately thereafter.
Bubba O’Keefe is the contractor on the project, and is part of the prior ownship of the Webster Building, which was originally built in the early 1920’s.
The building has two floors and the first floor for many years was a printing company. Back then the second floor was actually called “The Travellers Hotel”, and it catered to workers on the railroad line that runs behind the building.
Williams said another non-profit, Clarksdale Revitalization, Inc. funded a market study for Coahoma Collective to be sure the area could support the hotel.
“As soon as we got started, the first thing we did was commission a feasibility study, because we wanted to be sure that downtown Clarksdale could sustain a 20-room hotel. And the study found that yes, downtown Clarksdale could support the hotel with cultural events and activities to bolster it. So, that’s where Coahoma Collective came in. We’ll also be doing things that will bring more foot traffic to the area, such as exhibits and plays, so people can enjoy what Clarksdale has to offer, but also to put more heads in those beds.”
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