Home2 Suites announced as new downtown Owensboro hotel

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) The latest project in downtown Owensboro will include a Home2 Suites inside the mixed use building.

The new look at the project was unveiled Wednesday morning.

The city of Owensboro and leaders with the Brio revealed conceptual renderings.

The renderings appear to show the building as at least ten stories tall. Gulfstream COO Ed Ray says the final number of floors hasn’t been determined. The project is still in the design phase.

Officials with Gulfstream, the project’s developers. say the building will have more than 160 apartments and 120 hotel rooms, with a built in parking garage.

“It’s always exciting when you tear things down,” says Jack Wells of Riverfront Brio, LLC, when asked about the ceremonial start of the demolition phase at the site.

Mayor Tom Watson was one of the first people to start tearing down a building at the site across from the Owensboro Convention Center.

“It brought back old memories,” he said. “I used to operate heavy equipment a long time ago. So, it was kind of fun.”

Home2 Suites already has locations in Evansville and Bowling Green. Superhost, a hospitality company from Chicago, will operate the hotel.

“The Hampton Inn is limited service and the Holiday Inn is full service. So, we felt that the extended stay would be a nice addition to get the extra room count to where they can attract the bigger conventions,” says Matt Hayden of Gulfstream.

Early plans called for the building to be 12 to 15 stories high. Wells hopes it spurs others to build more and bring more people downtown.

“We don’t have to be the only developer that’s building things downtown. We’ve got some great signature buildings down here, but hopefully it will encourage other people from even out of the city to come in and see what’s happening in Owensboro,” he says.

“It’s going to be a starting point of bringing people downtown so that we can make our downtown as successful as it possibly can be,” adds Mayor Watson.

Developers say the demolition phase will take at least two weeks. The mixed use building will take about two-and-a-half years to build.

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(This story was originally published on June 5, 2019)

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