Evansville city leaders will break ground on the new $71.3 million downtown convention hotel tomorrow afternoon. The Mayor's Office and HCW, the developer, say it will take place at 3pm.
"The groundbreaking is yet another important milestone for this project and our local workforce is eager to begin construction," Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke said in a statement. "The 257 room hotel will put our city back on the map for convention business, as well as spur additional downtown development. HCW has been a great partner throughout this process and we look forward to opening the doors in the Fall of 2015."
Mayor Winnecke said the ground breaking was supposed to happen in January but had to be delayed because of the harsh winter. HCW officials say they're ready.
"After a frigid winter resulting in sub-zero temperatures and significant snow fall, HCWE and city officials are excited to break ground and move the project forward," said Rick Huffman, President of HCW.
Huffman said the company now has financial commitments that pave the way for financing the hotel and convention center. Design drawings have been approved by the city and now architects and engineers are in the process of doing construction drawings. Those drawings will then be submitted to the state in order to obtain building permits, Winnecke said the statement.
"We are anxious to complete the final construction documents and go out for hard bids," Huffman said. "In the meantime, we are moving forward with site preparation and civil plans necessary to insure the construction logistics of the development and structural integrity of the buildings."
HCW officials said the hotel will be ready to open by fall of 2015.