$24M Uptown hotel scheduled for Fall 2010 opening

Last June site work began on the $24 million Corryville Crossings project that will be anchored by a new Hampton Inn hotel.  Today the site looks much different - the new five-story hotel is nearly 50 percent complete with much of the exterior work finished.

The new Hampton Inn will add 132 hotel rooms to the Uptown area, but they will be rooms at a lower price point than the nearby Kingsgate Marriott.

"We will have some of the same crowd, but we saw a need for additional hotel rooms Uptown," said Paul Laing, owner's representative for the new Hampton Inn.  "The location of where it is at has a huge need especially with the recent closing of the Vernon Manor."

The hotel is the first part of the larger Corryville Crossings project which will eventually include new retail space along Martin Luther King Drive in addition to the 132-room hotel and 200-plus space parking garage.  The development team stated that the project is currently on-budget and on-time for an expected Fall 2010 opening.

"The people of the Corryville Community Council and Uptown Consortium have been wonderful to work with," described Laing who also stated that Messer Construction's experience has been critical in avoiding any lost time due to injury for the roughly 50 workers on site daily.

"The people in the neighborhood are very happy to see us there," Laing said.  "We're bringing in jobs and will be a big boost for the local economy."

As work continues on the Hampton Inn a staff will also have to be hired.  According to Laing, the plans are to host a job fair within the next one to two months that will fill the majority of these positions.

Stay tuned for a website and details on the upcoming job fair.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by Scott Beseler
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