Salem Parks & Recreation Director John Shaner, with back to the camera, explains
to members of the Salem School Board and Salem City Council an estimated
$2 million in needed renovations at Moyer Sports Complex to keep the complex
competitive in attracting national tournaments.

At the Oct. 8 meeting, Salem City Council members agreed to the extra time on the option Spartan Development LLC holds. Dan Friesland and Alan V. Criss are working to bring a hotel and restaurant to the 6.7 acres at the corner of Texas and Boulevard. They have been working on the deal with the city since Sept. 29, 2016, and the original option was for 30 months from that October.

The partners earlier told the city manager that it had taken longer than expected to secure financing, Boggess said, and that they have a “soft” loan agreement. Spartan Development plans to bring Staybridge Suites, an extended-stay hotel, and a restaurant which is still unnamed. “It’s been a long road,” said Councilman James Martin, adding that he thought the city should give the developers more time since they believe they are close.

“I think it’s a smart move by the city to…

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