Development on Washington Square hotel in Worcester slated to start in subsequent year

The coronavirus pandemic has crippled the hotel marketplace, together with in Worcester. But work on a second resort on Worcester’s Washington Square next to Union Station is expected to transfer ahead inside the subsequent yr, according to the metropolis.

Initial Bristol, a Slide River developer, hopes to get started constructing a roughly 100-place, six-story Household2 Suites hotel late this calendar year or early upcoming yr, according to a metropolis economic update to be introduced to the Worcester City Council on Tuesday night time. Groundbreaking was previous expected to begin in the spring of 2020.

Initially Bristol created the Homewood Suites in 2017 throughout the road from the vacant ton where by the new lodge would go. The agency failed to return a information seeking comment.

Options for the Dwelling2 Suites lodge, aspect of the Hilton brand name, arrive as the pandemic has severely slowed business at the city’s latest lodge, the AC Hotel on Entrance Avenue, as properly as the Hilton Yard Inn on Big Taylor Boulevard and the Hampton Inn at Gateway Park.

[Related: Greater Worcester hotel growth outpaces national average as prices rise]

Chief Advancement Officer Peter Dunn’s memo to the Town Council disclosed main work cuts at all three lodges: 15 are working at the AC Lodge, down from an predicted 90 at opening 22 at the Hilton Backyard Inn, down from 100, and 5 at the Hampton Inn, rather of a usual 30, for the reason that the lodge is being employed briefly as a dormitory by Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Hotel occupancy is particularly lower because of the pandemic, Dunn said.

Specifics on each individual hotel was disclosed to the Metropolis Council as part of a quarterly economic progress update. Every of the 4 has obtained a tax crack from the town, necessitating normal updates on their staffing and investment amounts. In the Property2 Suites’ circumstance, the expenditure, virtually $22 million at past disclosed, has been approved for a tax split valued at $2.4 million.

Even though the Dwelling2 Suites task is anticipated to belatedly go ahead, there was no updated timeframe from the town on a far more remarkably anticipated job: a 125-room hotel throughout Madison Road from the Polar Park baseball stadium. That lodge was downsized from a earlier approach for 262 resort rooms split amongst two makes. The lodge has presently been delayed, with the most recently disclosed system calling for an opening by Might 2024, about two a long time later than beforehand anticipated.

CORRECTION: A preceding model of this tale wrongly quoted Chief Advancement Officer Peter Dunn as describing occupancy as very lower at the AC Lodge specially. He was referring to the marketplace much more usually.

Karen J. Simmons

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