by  on October 5, 2017 in BUSINESSMarriott Jasper will break ground on the new Fairfield Inn and Suites at the River Centre on Wednesday, October 18 at 10 a.m. The public is invited.

Utilizing the block kiln building site of the former historic Jasper Cabinet Company on 2nd and Jackson Street, the Fairfield Inn & Suites will operate as a Marriott franchise. In addition to the hotel, the River Centre Development includes apartments and retail space including a wide variety of restaurants. The hotel is scheduled to open late summer 2018. Indianapolis-based General Hotels Corporation will assume management of the hotel’s daily operation upon its completion.

“We’re looking forward to breaking ground on the hotel and moving the project forward. Now that the engineering plan is nearing completion, construction should begin within in the next month or two,” said Jim Dora, Jr., General Hotels Corporation president and CEO. “Our target completion date is summer 2018.”

Co-owners Jane Hendrickson of Boxer Girl, LLC and Jim Dora, Jr. of General Hotels Corporation will officiate the ceremony with participation from local dignitaries including Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz, Chamber director Nancy Eckerle, Dubois Strong president Ed Cole and Michael Grubb, vice president, Architecture of Cripe Architects.

Parking for the groundbreaking will be available in front of the train depot lot adjacent to the hotel site.

As the first Fairfield Inn & Suites in the Jasper area and targeting business travelers, the hotel will feature the brand’s new design and décor, which enhance the guest experience through flexible features, and a warm and welcoming environment. The 84-room hotel will not only offer guests convenient access to area businesses and attractions but deliver both function and comfort.

Contemporary guest rooms will feature spacious suites with separate areas for working, relaxing and sleeping as well as in-room mini-refrigerator and microwave.

Additional hotel amenities will include free Wi-Fi, 24-hour business center, small meeting room, complimentary hot breakfast daily featuring healthy options, complimentary coffee and tea service, swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness room and a 24-hour Market which will offer snacks, drinks, toiletries and other items. Complimentary surface parking will be available to registered hotel guests