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Hotel project in Hillsboro, ND, delayed

HILLSBORO, N.D. -- A downturn in North Dakota’s economy has put a damper on a proposed hotel for Hillsboro, but an investor said the project isn’t dead just yet.

Investors still are interested in building a hotel at 802 W. Caledonia Ave., Jon Bertsch, a Hillsboro farmer who has invested money into the project, said in a Hillsboro Banner report. Depreciated oil and ag prices have made it tough to find the investors needed for the multimillion-dollar project, the report stated.

Several locals have invested money into the project, with the hopes of bringing a 42-room hotel that would sit along Interstate 29. It’s unclear when the project would begin, but investors have chosen one of two hospitality chains -- AmericInn and Cobblestone Inn.

Investors have not revealed which one they have chosen.

The group had hoped to begin construction last summer, but a lack of investors delayed the project.

Locals had hoped an attached restaurant would come with the hotel, but Bertsch said in the report that is not going to happen.