Officials in Fort Wayne will Thursday break ground on an $18 million hotel in the city’s downtown. The 125-room Hampton Inn & Suites, plans for which were first announced in September, is expected to open in 2019.
The hotel will be located across from the Grand Wayne Center and next to the Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown. Merrillville-based developer White Lodging Services Corp. says the hotel will also include two restaurants when complete. White Lodging also developed the Courtyard hotel.
The Fort Wayne City Council in January approved a 10-year tax abatement which would save the company more than $3 million. In documents filed with the city, White Lodging said the project would create 23 full-time jobs and six part-time jobs.
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry will join Visit Fort Wayne Chief Executive Officer Dan O’Connell, White Lodging CEO Deno Yiankes and Centier Bank Senior Partner Darrell Jaggers for the groundbreaking ceremony, which is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Thursday.