Main Post hotel to replace outdated lodging
February 12, 2014
FORT BENNING, Ga., (Feb. 12, 2014) -- If you've wondered what the construction site on Ingersoll Street across from the movie theater will turn into -- it's a hotel. Fort Benning is replacing its current 1,175 guest rooms that don't meet Army Lodging Standards with the Abrams Hotel, which should be completed this summer, said Al Gelineau, the director of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
The hotel will have 860 rooms and in conjunction with Gavin Hall's 60 rooms will give Fort Benning 920 rooms, he said. The hotel also meets LEED Silver standards.
"The primary purpose of the hotel is to take care of our official military traveler," Gelineau said.
The new lodging gives Soldiers and their Families a quality hotel room, he said.
"This is our answer to take care of Soldiers and Families to really provide them a quality stay -- a standard that they can expect, and most importantly, a standard that they deserve because they are doing our nation's work," he said.
Charlotte Jackson, the deputy director for DFMWR, said the hotel will have many of the features people can find in their home. There are 740 extended stay rooms, 60 standard rooms and 60 Family-style rooms.
The Spanish mission architectural style of the hotel will allow it to blend in with the rest of the historic district.
"This particular location (is) a great location for the hotel to be built because a lot of our Soldiers come here and they have no transportation," she said. "So we've got a theater right across (the street), it's right next door to the chapel, there is (dining) at the Huddle House … and at the Benning Club. They can even walk to their classes at McGinnis-Wickam Hall. So that's really a great thing for our Soldiers who come here."