Two years in the waiting, groundbreaking for an 84-room Holiday Inn Express for Ottawa should be taking place this month.
The announcement was made at La Salle County Tourism Coalition’s meeting Tuesday morning by Reed Wilson, Ottawa’s economic development director.
The new hotel will be constructed in accordance with the hotel chain’s “Formula Blue” brand, he said. The style is mandatory for all new Holiday Inn Express properties.
Two other lots at the site also will be developed, he said.
The plan for the hotel was presented to the Ottawa Plan Commission in February 2016.
The location would be fronting the east side of Route 23 northwest of R.P. Lumber and south of the Bill Walsh Ford parking lot.
The initial plan was for the exterior construction to have been completed by October 2016, Rob Schmidt, general manager of R.L.P. Development in Edwardsville, said at the time. He also then stressed final approval of the project is tentative, pending on-site and design approval by Holiday Inn’s parent company, InterContinental Hotels Group.
In July 2016, R.L.P. Development opened a 75-room Holiday Inn Express in Troy.