Westfield building hotel to ‘keep visitor dollars’ in city

(WISH Photo/Nick Natario)

WESTFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — Westfield’s Grand Park complex is creating big business, and now, the city is hoping it can capture even more of those dollars.

A ground breaking took place for a new hotel in Westfield along U.S. 32 and State Road 32.

“It’s truly a very big day for Westfield,” Mayor Andy Cook said.

The hotel will be a Hampton Inn and will be located near the Westfield Business District. It’s a $12.2 million dollar project hotel that will have 93 rooms.

(WISH Photo/Nick Natario)
(WISH Photo/Nick Natario)

The new facility comes at a time when rooms are needed. New city numbers show in 2015 there were 1.5 million total visits to Grand Park. Visitors spent $147.7 million and booked 61,970 rooms.

“I wouldn’t say we wouldn’t necessarily be here someday in Westfield, but not now,” Holladay Properties Partner and Senior Vice President Chris Wilkes said.

The new Hampton Inn isn’t the only hotel to come to Westfield because of Grand Park.

“We have two more hotels that are in the process to just about to break ground and we have two or three more that are going through the kicking the tire phase right now,” Mayor Cook said.

In addition to hotels, Mayor Cook said new businesses are arriving monthly.

The demand for rooms is only expected to rise. This July, Grand Park’s indoor soccer complex will be completed.

While the rooms will be needed, the city’s first nearby hotel won’t be ready until next April.

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