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Developers, construction crews 'sign off' on final beam in $28M Hampton Inn Hotel & Suites





As Third Coast Development, construction crews and hotel operators scribe their signatures today on the final beam to be set in place for the $28 million Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel, the trio behind Third Coast says construction is still on track for the scheduled fall grand opening.
 
Third Coast Development and the project's partners at Mt. Pleasant-based Lodgco Management broke ground in May 2014 on the five-story, 143-room hotel, designed by Integrated Architecture and currently being built by crews from Pioneer Construction.
 
Located at 425 Dudley Place north of Michigan Street and east of College near the Women's Health Center, the new Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel boasts a 200-car, multi-level parking garage and an indoor pool/outdoor terrace overlooking Belknap-Lookout Hill to the west.
 
As part of Third Coast Development's larger new construction efforts in Mid Towne Village, Principal Dave Levitt says the new hotel is a keystone project in Medical Mile development efforts.
 
"It really sets the baseline for everything that's going around there," Levitt says. "Obviously it's the tallest building in that area and it's going to bring in a lot of daytime and nighttime traffic to the area as well as drive a lot of business with restaurants and dry cleaners and various other services like that."
 
The hotel, which will include both standard rooms and upgraded suites, will also offer guests free wireless Internet, complimentary hot breakfast, meeting rooms, and a fitness center.
 
"I think what's exciting about it is that it really does aim to establish the Michigan Street Corridor in a bigger way as a 'second place' in Grand Rapids," says Third Coast Development's Brad Rosely, drawing a comparison between Grand Rapids' potential future and big cities like New York City, Chicago, and Boston as places with strong downtown cores only made stronger with self-sustaining, characteristically interesting neighborhoods
 
"What I mean by that is, when you think about Grand Rapids, you think about downtown being the core," Rosely continues. "A lot of cities have a core downtown and suburbs, but it really begins to develop the city in a way that is interesting with a core downtown and then neighborhoods…When you start to see full-service capabilities in those neighborhoods like hotels and other office facilities, it sends a message that Grand Rapids is a collection of neighborhoods as well as a strong downtown."
 
The final beam and signing event is at 11 a.m. today on the site of the future Hampton Inn Hotel & Suites, located at 425 Dudley Place NE. Details on the grand opening of the Hampton Inn Hotel & Suites will be announced closer to completion this fall.

By Anya Zentmeyer, Development News Editor
Images courtesy of Clark Communications

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