HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP — A project has been approved for the Spire Institute property that would bring a TownePlace Suites hotel to the site, according to information released by the facility.
Rich Odell, co-director of Spire Institute, said the project will benefit the community at large and include 89 suites. He said being a good neighbor to the community means bring a lot more people into the area, which this new facility will help do.
Spire Institute was purchased last year by Blue Ocean that owns properties throughout the country.
Odell said having the on-site hotel will help families coming to compete, observe, participate in camps or checking out potential admissions to the Spire Institute program.
“We are really about investing in the community,” he said
As the Spire Institute events continue to grow there will be a growing need for hotel rooms, Odell said. “We are going to desperately need more hotel space,” he said.
Odell said Spire Institute is working on some projects that would include cross country running and ski trails that would be open to the public. He said the TownPlace brand is part of the Mariott International brand.
“Having a hotel on the Spire campus will greatly benefit students, their families, traveling athletes, and the surrounding community. We are pleased to expand the Spire campus in this way and bring even more opportunity to the region as a whole,” said Blue Ocean President and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Ehrenfeld in a press release.
The hotel will be a partnership between Spire Institute and Renew Partners and will be built by JCI Contractors, said JCI Contractors President Chuck Borsukoff. He said Renew Partners includes himself and Shawn Neece and they will own 50 percent of the hotel.
“It’s very exciting to work with Spire,” Borsukoff said.
JCI Contractors built the Madison Hampton Inn and is a part owner, he said.
“These are all going to be suites kind of for extended families,” Borsukoff said.
He said it will be ideal for parents visiting their children or family events to be held at Spire Institute and will allow families to cook in their suites.
Emerald Hospitality Inc., is a Westlake based full-service hotel management and development company tha is also partnering in the project and has 26 properties in 10 states, and will operate the facility, said Odell.
Borsukoff said groundbreaking could occur this fall. The goal is to complete construction in 11 or 12 months.
Blue Ocean is a property management company in Baltimore with 35 properties valued at over $400,000,000. JCI Contractors is a commercial and industrial construction firm with a wide range of project development including a variety of new buildings, as well as historical reservation and restoration.
Construction has also started on five new dorm buildings to house Spire Institute students and education rooms are being created for the students academic classes.