ENID, Okla. — The countdown to completion for the downtown Best Western GLō hotel has again been pushed back, with the city now predicting a grand opening sometime in early 2020.

When work began on the hotel in summer 2018, it was expected to be ready by May or June of this year. Then in March, the timetable shifted to October.

City Manager Jerald Gilbert announced during an Enid Rotary Club meeting Monday it likely would be 2020 before construction comes to an end.

Gilbert has said heavy rainfall in recent months largely is responsible for the delay. Scheduling hiccups with subcontractors also have contributed, he said.

“The hotel has been slow, and a lot of that is related to weather, and I think some of it is related to scheduling issues, but I’m pleased that they’re moving along,” Gilbert said.

Prior to the installation of the roof, which has since been on for more than a month, rain was particularly problematic as electrical infrastructure could not be placed.

Gilbert visited the site Tuesday, and said work soon will begin installing pre-rock in the interior of the building.

Soil stabilization efforts should begin soon as well, which must be done before a parking lot can be put down, he said.

In July, workers should be ready to start laying the brick exterior walls of the hotel, he said.

“I’m pleased from the perspective that we’re getting a hotel downtown. Has it been as fast as everybody would like? No,” Gilbert said. “But I’d like to remind everyone it’s the contractor that’s paying for it, not the city. It may seem slow, but I know when it’s finished, whether it’s the end of this year or early next year, it will be a great addition to downtown.”

ENIDBWP LLC is the developer in charge of the project. The entity is a partnership between Aston Management and Dr. Atul Patel, who has built hotels previously in Enid, Chickasha and Oklahoma City.

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Willetts is education reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. He can be reached at mwilletts@enidnews.com.

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