Officials break ground on new hotel in East Peoria

October 7, 2015 Updated Oct 7, 2015 at 6:46 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill.– Construction is underway for a brand new hotel in East Peoria. A ground breaking ceremony took place Wednesday morning for the new Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express hotel. The hotel will rival the Embassy Suites hotel that sits next to the Bob Michel Bridge as well as other lodging locations in East Peoria’s Levee District.

The hotel will be located just off I-74 on the riverfront next to Bass Pro Shop. Developers say the new hotel will have a more modernized feel compared to other Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express across the country. It will feature 95 rooms, an exercise facility and a meeting room.

“It’s the new prototype, so folks haven’t seen this version of Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express in this area before, this will be the first in the region,” said Dan Huber, CEO of Frontier Hospitality Group, the developer of the hotel.

Construction is already underway and officials plan for the hotel to be up and running by the summer of 2016. Several local businesses and officials have high hopes for the hotel and what it will bring to the community.

“We get calls on a regular basis from people out of town looking for lodging and things and what an awesome thing to have, you know, a hotel right in our own parking lot, said Jim Goff, general manager of Bass Pro Shops. The addition of another hotel in East Peoria has both local businesses and officials excited for the future.

“I credit the council in having the courage to invest in the future and I truly believe that, because if you don’t invest in the future nothing s going to happen,” said Rick Swan of the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce.

Officials are expecting a lot to happen.

“As people pass by on this expressway they are going to see this hotel, they’re going to stay here, they’re going to shop in the community, they’re going to buy gas in the community so economically this is going to be a boost,” said Mayor Dave Mingus of the city of East Peoria. Officials expect this hotel will not only have a positive impact on East Peoria, but they expect it will bring even bigger things to the entire Peoria area.

“Everybody that comes to the community and stays in that hotel is going to generate tax revenue for the community. Having another quality product online is just only going to better our offer for visitors coming in,” said Cory Hatfield with the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The hotel is not the only project in the area; developers have already laid out another plot right next to it and are currently looking for an investor.

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