Work con­tin­ues on ho­tels

Lead­ers track­ing progress of projects that are ex­pected to bol­ster eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Front Page - By Bill De­Bus bde­[email protected]­ald.com @bde­busnh on Twit­ter

Madi­son Vil­lage gov­ern­ment lead­ers might have to wait a bit longer than ex­pected to cel­e­brate the open­ing of the first of two new ho­tels near the In­ter­state 90 and Route 528 in­ter­change.

The Hol­i­day Inn Ex­press and Suites be­ing built at 181 Wa­ter Tower Drive had been plan­ning a Feb. 13 grand open­ing and rib­bon cut­ting. But it now ap­pears that the event might not be held un­til mid-March, said Madi­son Vil­lage Ad­min­is­tra­tor Dwayne Bai­ley.

Bai­ley, dur­ing Vil­lage Coun­cil’s Jan. 7 meet­ing, pro­vided an up­date on con­struc­tion progress at the Hol­i­day Inn Ex­press and Suites and the Hamp­ton Inn at 171 Wa­ter Tower Drive. The ho­tels are lo­cated side by side, with the Hamp­ton Inn be­ing built near­est to Route 528.

Con­struc­tion of the Hol­i­day Inn Ex­press and Suites has ex­pe­ri­enced de­lays from

“The de­lays are get­ting shorter and shorter as we press on, but I see it open­ing in March.” — Madi­son Vil­lage Ad­min­is­tra­tor Dwayne Bai­ley

“typ­i­cal lo­gis­tic is­sues for a large pro­ject with mul­ti­ple trades,” Bai­ley said.

“The de­lays are get­ting shorter and shorter as we press on, but I see it open­ing in March,” he said.

Mean­while, con­struc­tion at the Hamp­ton Inn has run into weather prob­lems with its ex­te­rior, Bai­ley said. He added that he wasn’t sure if de­vel­op­ers would need to ad­just their pre­vi­ously sched­uled May open­ing.

Madi­son Vil­lage lead­ers be­lieve that the ho­tels could serve as a cat­a­lyst for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in their own com­mu­nity as well as the en­tire Grand

River Val­ley, which has be­come a mag­net for tourists with its many winer­ies.

In ad­di­tion, the ho­tels have the po­ten­tial to mar­ket them­selves as a place to stay for com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors drawn to the SPIRE In­sti­tute, a state-of-the-art ath­letic com­plex in Geneva.

SPIRE In­sti­tute is lo­cated on Route 534, just north of I-90, about five miles from where the new Madi­son ho­tels are be­ing built. In re­cent years, SPIRE has hosted events such as the NCAA Divi­sion II Swim­ming and Div­ing Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, NCAA Divi­sion I Track and Field In­vi­ta­tional and the U.S. Masters Swim­ming Sum­mer Na­tional Cham­pi­onship.

Bai­ley said at the Jan.

7 coun­cil meet­ing that he’s been get­ting at least one call a week from in­di­vid­u­als seek­ing lodg­ing for large groups, and he’s been re­fer­ring those call­ers to op­er­a­tors of the new Madi­son ho­tels.

Con­struc­tion of the Hol­i­day Inn be­gan in the sum­mer of 2017. The 81-room ho­tel is be­ing built by Pride One Con­struc­tion and cost of the pro­ject was es­ti­mated at $10 mil­lion in a 2017 news re­lease from Madi­son Vil­lage.

A year later, ground was bro­ken and con­struc­tion started on the ad­ja­cent Hamp­ton Inn. The $11.1 mil­lion ho­tel will of­fer 82 rooms and is be­ing built by JCI Con­trac­tors Inc. of Ashtab­ula, a JCI news re­lease is­sued in July 2018 stated.

BILL DE­BUS — THE NEWS-HER­ALD

This Jan. 11photo shows progress be­ing made on con­struc­tion of two new ho­tels — The Hamp­ton Inn (fore­ground) and Hol­i­day Inn Ex­press and Suites — be­ing built near the In­ter­state 90and Route 528in­ter­change in Madi­son Vil­lage.

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