Some Pineville city officials say a new $14.3 million resort is closer to being a reality.
Thursday, the mayor signed the memorandum of understanding with Wasioto Hotel and Resort to build it.
"It's going to be an absolute gorgeous place," said Mike Bowling, the attorney for the developer.
Developers with Wasioto Hotel and Resort unveiled the architectural plans for a new resort in Pineville.
"I'm excited about this project. It's been a long time coming," said Pineville Mayor Sherwin Rader.
The project is a resort with more than 100 hotel rooms, a 350 seat conference center, and a restaurant.
"Bell County and especially Pineville are the gem of the mountains, and so we're tickled Pineville is going to start out with the first resort hotel," said Bowling.
The resort would be built on 25-E where the Division of Forestry office is now. The Forestry office would relocate to land near Bell County Middle School.
Pineville city leaders say more hotel rooms are needed due to the golf course, ATV trails, and nearby state and national parks.
Officials say the resort would create around 150 construction jobs and then an estimated 80 permanent jobs in the hotel and restaurant.
"It will change the outlook and the landscape of our city eventually," said Mayor Rader.
This is not a done deal yet. The City of Pineville still needs the Bell County Tourism Board's approval to use restaurant tax dollars on the project.
"We feel like it's a project worthy of benefiting all of Bell County. It's not a Pineville project. It's something that's going to help all of us," said Mayor Rader.
The mayor is requesting a special-called Tourism Board meeting soon to consider the project.
If approved, construction on the resort could start in the summer.