Construction ongoing for Milton resort project

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MILTON — The future Grand Patrician Resort is taking shape in Milton as crews continue construction on the multimillion-dollar project at the site of the former Morris Memorial Hospital.

The structure of the former hospital is being converted into a hotel that will include standard rooms, large suites and a restaurant.

Theron Jones, president of Legends Construction, the Milton-based contracting company taking on the project, said the hotel is in the framing stage of construction. Jones said the team plans to be halfway done with this stage by the end of the week. Jones said the resort will be a game-changer for Milton.

“It’s really incredible,” Jones said. “Milton was just sustaining, I think. I don’t think it was growing. This is bringing a whole new life to Milton.”

Plans for the resort include a wedding chapel, convention center, a 4,000-square-foot spa, an indoor swimming pool, baseball fields and a golf course. In addition, the plan for the site proposed in early 2018 includes a retirement facility, an amphitheater, resort villas, condo units and lots for single family homes.

At one point it was thought the retirement facility would need to be in the old hospital structure due to National Historic Registry concerns, but that is no longer the case.

The projected grand opening date for the hotel, convention center and wedding chapel is set for the end of April 2020.

The plan was proposed by Jeff and Patricia Hoops in 2017 after they purchased the property from the city of Milton. The project is fully funded by the Hoops family, but the city will use its own funding on infrastructure projects to accommodate the resort.

Jones said the Hoops family has been tremendous in their efforts to bring growth to the Milton area.

“They’ve done a great job at recognizing the need for entertainment and cultural value,” Jones said.

Funerals for Monday, July 6, 2020

Cogar, Ina - 1 p.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Hickman, Donna - 10 a.m., Hodam Cemetery, near Spencer.

Hilton, Delores - 11 a.m., Second Baptist Church, Ravenswood.

Huffman, William - 1 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Wood, Lori - 2 p.m., Casto Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Workman, Charles - 1 p.m., Morgantown First Christian Church Disciples of Christ.