Motel and Events Center Breaks Ground in Albion

A new motel project in Albion will have a lot of ties to the community.

Randy Christo, owner of the Cardinal Inn & Events Center, grew up in Albion. Christo broke ground on the $1.5 million project with his mom, Jackie - a lifelong resident of the community, on Friday.

"I imagine it's going to be a beautiful, beautiful building with an events center and 24 rooms, it's going to be awesome for all the activities that are coming down the line," says Jackie.

Boone County Development officials say they have good lodging and meeting space now, but with growing ag, manufacturing, and health industries, having 24 more hotel rooms and more room to host events will be a good thing.

Randy says the motel won't be a chain, but will be called the Cardinal Inn after the high school's mascot.

"When I was a young man going to high school here I wrestled for Albion here and we always went to Lexington to wrestle, and in Lexington they have a motel out there called the Minuteman, and I always thought that was cool, and so I called it the Cardinal because of that," says Randy.

The motel will be built on what was an empty lot on the southeast side of Albion just off Highway 39/14.

"There's so many businesses around Albion that there's quite a need for it, and people having to travel 30-40 miles away just to find a motel room, so this will allow them to be able to stay in the town and shop in the town and that's great for the town," says Grant Mapel, the motel's General Manager.

Construction will begin next week, and contractors say if they stay on schedule, the Cardinal Inn should be open sometime in April.