Merriam weighs $1M fund to help city’s struggling hotels

Merriam hotel grant

The city of Merriam will consider a hotel grant program to revitalize the city's four hotels in an attempt to increase tax revenues following a dip caused by the pandemic. Hotel Lotus, above, is one of the four hotels in Merriam. Photo credit Juliana Garcia.

In an effort to help the city’s flagging hotel industry, Merriam is considering setting aside up to $1 million that would pay for grants the city’s four hotels could use to refurbish their properties.

  • The move, city officials say, would have the double impact of reducing blight at the four prominent hotel properties along Interstate 35 and also, ultimately, lead to more tax revenue for the city if hotel usage picks up as a result.

Driving the news: City staff last month laid out a proposal to offer the hotels reimbursable grants with a 50% required match by the hotel, and a minimum $10,000 investment, according to city documents.