First Hotel In Queen Creek To Break Ground In Early 2019
Visitors to the southeast Valley will soon be able to stay in Queen Creek. Hampton Inn, the Town’s first hotel, is set to break ground in January 2019 and open in February 2020. Town Council recently signed a development agreement with HD Management, who will develop the hotel and surrounding land.
“Bringing in a hotel has been one of Town Council’s top priorities,” said Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney. “We’re looking forward for people be able to spend the night in Queen Creek and visit the Town’s wonderful restaurants and destinations.”
The four-story, 107-room hotel will be located on Ellsworth and Maya roads, on land currently owned by the Town, and will feature a pool and small conference room. The hotel will be Phase I of development on the five-acre property located just east of the QC District. Phase II will include retail and restaurants.
“We shared with the developer the community’s request for a steak restaurant and additional sit down restaurants,” said Economic Development Director Doreen Cott. “The developer is talking to different prospective tenants, and we’ll see movement on Phase II once the hotel is underway.”
With the growth in the Town and an increase in visitors to local attractions, the hotel is expected to not only fill a void in the community, but also to provide additional revenue to the Town. In addition to the one-time revenues of approximately $290,000 in construction sales tax, the hotel is expected to generate approximately $95,000 annually in transient lodging tax (“bed tax”) revenue. The Town’s current bed tax rate is 3%.
“With all the growth in the East Valley, the additional flights in and out of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, and increased visitorship to our agritainment destinations, the hotel is a needed amenity in Queen Creek.” said Cott. “We’re hopeful the hotel will reach its projected numbers quickly.”
“Events at Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre can last days at a time, and popular wedding venues such as Schnepf Farms and the Queen Creek Olive Mill bring tens of thousands of out-of-town guests. Right now, we’re losing multiple days of those bed nights, as well as the sales tax dollars that would be spent at restaurants, gas stations and grocery stores,” continued Cott. “Soon these visitors will be able to stay closer to attractions and get to know our unique community.”
A groundbreaking ceremony for Hampton Inn will be held in January with construction following. To keep up with the latest news from the Town of Queen Creek’s Economic Development Department and developments in Queen Creek’s downtown area, please follow Twitter.com/InvestTheQC or Facebook.com/DowntownQueenCreek.Media Contact:
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