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O’Reilly Hospitality Management LLC is bringing an unconventional event space to the north side by year’s end.
The hotel development and management company is targeting an early December opening for the 5,000-square-foot venue dubbed Moon Town Crossing, said Alicia Cosgrove, area manager for O'Reilly Hospitality. She declined to disclose the project cost.
The development site is located between O’Reilly Hospitality’s Macadoodles store and its Holiday Inn Express & Suites underway at the northwest corner of Interstate 44 and Glenstone Avenue. Cosgrove said the hotel should open around the same time as Moon Town Crossing.
Moon Town Crossing features hand-carved wood infrastructure by Amish company Ozark Timber Frame LLC. With garage doors that create options for the venue to host open-air events, Cosgrove said the completed structure will resemble a barn.
“The O’Reilly family has used them for several different personal projects,” she said of Ozark Timber Frame. “They know the craftsmanship, which is kind of a lost art. They’re structurally sound and they last forever.”
The wooden beams for the structure were made at Ozark Timber Frame’s Amish community in El Dorado Springs and shipped to the development site in Springfield. O'Reilly Hospitality hired Larry Snyder and Co. as general contractor and Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective as architect on the project, Cosgrove said.
The free-standing event venue between O'Reilly Hospitality’s other properties also will feature a courtyard with fire pits and seating. The goal, Cosgrove said, is to host concerts and festivals at Moon Town Crossing, as well as rent out the venue for private events.
Cosgrove said O’Reilly Hospitality plans to add similar event venues to its lodging properties in Fort Worth, Texas, and Livingston, Montana.
Less than two miles south of the new event venue in Springfield, O’Reilly Hospitality is building a convention center to connect its new Fairfield Inn and DoubleTree properties at Glenstone Avenue and Kearney Street.