Bridgeport to get second hotel with Hampton Inn planned for Steelpointe Harbor

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The waterfront bulkhead at Steel Point in Bridgeport appears in this file photo. The Steel Point Harbor development will get a Hampton Inn, Mayor Bill Finch announced on Thursday.

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Mayor Bill Finch walks past the Hampton Inn site after announcing plans Thursday, Sept.

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An empty lot across from the Bass Pro Shops store at Steelpointe Harbor in Bridgeport will be the future home of a Hampton Inn, Mayor Bill Finch announced on Thursday, Sept.

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Mayor Bill Finch looks over at the future site of the Hampton Inn after announcing plans Thursday, Sept.

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BRIDGEPORT On a stifling late-summer day at a dust-choked construction site, a cool breeze off the harbor was enough to raise hopes for a long-delayed waterfront development. In the latest of a series of announcements, Mayor Bill Finch1 unveiled plans Thursday for a 120-room Hampton Inn2, a Hilton brand, to be built at the Steelpointe Harbor development. The six- to eight-story building will be designed with a nautical look, said Bob Christoph3 Jr., principal of Bridgeport Landing Development, which is part of Miami-based RCI Group.

Construction will begin following completion of work on the waterfront bulkhead, which is ongoing.

Hilton has given their approval to go ahead with the project, Christoph said. It s exciting. It speaks volumes to where the project has gotten, and the comfort level that national and international brands have with coming to the city of Bridgeport. Hilton approved the project within the past few weeks, city officials said.

Hampton Inn has hotels in Shelton and Milford, where rooms are available starting from $109 per night. The only other hotel in that part of the city is a Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn4 at 1070 Main St. downtown. The Hampton Inn will be constructed between East Main and Pembroke streets, with only a waterfront park separating the building from the harbor. A 50,000-square-foot building with office and retail space will constructed at the same time adjacent to the hotel, Christoph said.

Before either can start, work on fixing up the waterfront infrastructure must be completed, which will take 8 to 12 months, Christoph said. In addition to putting in a new bulkhead, the development is raising the shoreline four to five feet to protect from future storms.

We re building for the next 30 years, Christoph said. The specific cost of the hotel has not been determined, but no public subsidies were involved, Christoph said. More than 100 permanent jobs will be created, according to Finch.

City officials on Thursday also discussed the development s residential component, which is likely to be larger and come sooner than first planned. David Kooris5, who heads the city s economic development department, said housing was originally planned only in the peninsula s southeast quadrant, but the developer is now eyeing land closer to the mouth of the Pequonnock River.

We re more and more viewing this as an extension of downtown, Kooris said, pointing out that land now proposed for housing is about a half-mile from the Metro-North station. Construction of the Bass Pro Shops store, one of the anchors at Steelpointe Harbor, is near completion, with a November opening planned. Starbucks, which is also being built north of Stratford Avenue, is expected to open this month, with a Chipotle Mexican Grill6 and T-Mobile7 outlet in the same building.

In May, the city announced that Cinepolis USA, a California-based theater chain, will open a 50,000-square-foot, 1,200-seat luxury movie theater complex on the peninsula.

When completed, the 50-plus-acre Steelpointe Harbor project is to include a 2 million-square-foot mix of residential, office and retail development along a waterfront promenade.

hbailey@ctpost.com; 203-330-6233; @hughsbailey

References

  1. ^ Bill Finch (www.ctpost.com)
  2. ^ Hampton Inn (www.ctpost.com)
  3. ^ Bob Christoph (www.ctpost.com)
  4. ^ Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn (www.ctpost.com)
  5. ^ David Kooris (www.ctpost.com)
  6. ^ Chipotle Mexican Grill (www.ctpost.com)
  7. ^ T-Mobile (www.ctpost.com)

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