SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Organizers have broken ground on a new hotel that they hope will give the Glenwood area a much-needed boost.
Some wondered how a hotel would fare in this part of town, but the owners of the soon-to-be-built Candlewood Suites say they saw an opportunity that they just couldn’t pass up.
“It took us three years to get everything going and we finally got the site approval day before yesterday,” says owner Komaltina Patel, “so we were, like, jumping into breaking ground. We did not even wait.”
No time was wasted; crews were already on site, clearing the area for construction on Thursday morning.
The hotel’s owners aren’t the only ones excited for the upcoming changes to the neighborhood; Springfield’s mayor, Christine Lundberg, is also looking forward to the arrival of the new hotel.
“We’re going to have it done in time for football and other events, so it’s definitely an addition that everyone can enjoy, not just Springfield,” says Lundberg
Travel Lane County says the visitor industry is an important part of the region’s economic vitality, generating $555 million annually. Lisa Lawton, the director of communications for Travel Lane County, says that this hotel will definitely add to that.
“You’re bringing in jobs, not only in the creation of the hotel and the construction of it, but also more jobs created, and then you’ve got all of the room tax and the economic development that these hotels provide a catalyst for,” says Lawton.
Dan Egan, the director of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, agrees that the hotel will be important for the community’s future.
“It’s a shot in the arm for the economy,” says Egan, “and I think it’s just the opening chapter in more development.”
The hotel will be done in two phases: 85 rooms, then 15. The first phase is expected to be completed by June of next year, just in time for the World Junior Track and Field Championships.