XENIA — Xenia’s newest hotel should finally be ready to open sometime in August.
Construction on the $6 million Hampton Inn & Suites, which was supposed to open on Progress Drive by the end of 2017, is in the final phases and barring further delays will hold a grand opening sometime in August. Media reports indicate Aug. 15 but a spokesperson for the hotel’s owner — Indiana-based Tashi Hospitality Inc. — said a firm date has not been set.
“There is a chance we can open by then,” Amar Jani said via email. “We have some furniture, final fire alarm and sprinkler, pool, and various little items left.”
A labor shortage on contractors and then a major interior design change by Hilton halfway through the project caused the delays, Jani said. City officials are pleased the project is coming to an end.
“We are aware that the project has been delayed slightly due in-part to labor shortages and typical construction issues, but we are very excited that the project is expected to come online in late summer,” said Lee Warren, city spokesperson.
Once open, the 88-room hotel will employ around 20 people and have an estimated annual payroll of $300,000. It is to include eight full-time and 12 part-time under terms of a tax abatement, according to city Development Director Steve Brodsky.
Tashi will receive a 90 percent abatement for six years and then a 70 percent abatement for two more years, drastically reducing the amount of property tax.
Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.