December 17, 2014

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Government shutdown delays plans to build two new hotels locally

SHEFFIELD – Plans to build two hotels in the city have been stalled due to the government shutdown.

Mayor John Hunter said he was informed Thursday that groundbreaking on the Holiday Inn, scheduled to begin Oct. 14, would be postponed because of delays receiving a loan from the bank. Work on the Homewood Suites by Hilton, scheduled to begin Oct. 24, also was delayed.

Hunter said he hopes the project will continue soon, but he was not given a timetable on when work would begin again. He said the hotels are important because they will create jobs and revenue for the city.

The 106-room Holiday Inn will be built off of Interstate 90 on a three-acre plot near Giant Eagle. Homewood Suites would be built on the other side of Interstate 90 near Transportation Boulevard and Quaker Steak and Lube.

“I just hope this thing gets resolved,” Hunter said. “I hope we stop the shenanigans in Washington, D.C.”

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.

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