Backstreet Boys Consider Investing In Hotel

As the Backstreet Boys prepare to release a new album in November, members of the group are scouting out possible real estate developments across the country, including a proposed convention center and hotel to be built in Huntsville, Alabama.

The Backstreet Boys' Kevin Richardson met with city officials and business planners during a four-hour meeting on Monday in what was dubbed a "preliminary meeting" to discuss the multimillion-dollar project, according to "The Huntsville Times."

"We're looking at various projects and opportunities at lots of cities around the United States," Richardson told the newspaper. "I think [Huntsville has] got a nice civic center here. It would be nice to see a hotel in this area."

While Richardson was the only member of the platinum-selling boy band to attend Monday's meeting, bandmates Howie Dorough and Nick Carter were represented by business partners and managers.

"We do more than just sing and dance. We've got

a brain, too," Richardson explained to "The Huntsville Times."

If the Backstreet Boys do decide to put up the money for the planned 300-room convention hotel, the financing would be made through a local consultant, while a Memphis-based hotel group is in talks to construct the actual building.

Huntsville, perhaps best known for being the home of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, is being eyed for investment after various Backstreet members visited the area during recent touring stints.

It was not known when a final decision on the proposed convention hotel would be made, although Huntsville Mayor Loretta Spencer is hoping to have a tax incentive program favorable to such new construction projects in place by the first of the year.