Grand Canyon Seeks Input on South Rim Lodging Project

Courtesy of Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park is planning to demolish and rebuild an aging motel complex at the South Rim, and members of the public are being invited to weigh in.

The National Park Service is forming a plan for Maswik South, a set of six prefabricated motel-style buildings in Grand Canyon Village. In a news release, park officials said the buildings, which were constructed in 1971, have exceeded their "expected useful life" of 40 years, and that surrounding areas are in poor condition and out of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, among other issues.

The Park Service says it wants to demolish the buildings and construct up to five new structures that would provide 120 guest rooms, up from the 90 currently provided at Maswik South. Some of the rooms would include kitchenettes to better serve families, the Park Service says. A new road would also be built to reduce traffic congestion in the area.

Through Friday, July 27, the public can comment on the proposed Maswik South rebuild. To comment, you can visit the project's website or write to Superintendent, Grand Canyon National Park, Attn: Maswik South EA, PO Box 129, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023. After the public comment period is over, the Park Service will analyze feedback and begin an environmental assessment of the project.

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