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Thursday, June 07, 2018 11:26 am

Ground broken on new downtown hotel

The Journal Gazette

White Lodging broke ground today on the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton on West Jefferson Boulevard near Parkview Field and Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown.

City officials said the hotel will offer all of the amenities expected by Hilton's upper-midscale brand. The hotel will also feature a walk up Burger Bar restaurant and an indoor/outdoor rooftop bar offering spectacular views of Parkview Field and downtown Fort Wayne. The hotel is scheduled to open in the summer of 2019.

“In 2007, the City of Fort Wayne, reached out to us with the opportunity to build a hotel which would anchor a key element of a new economic engine for the city,” said Deno Yiankes, president and CEO, investments and development at White Lodging. “Today, it's exciting to continue that vision with a second hotel, which is not only one of our nation's most respected and well known premium brands, but also designed and localized specifically to honor the great location on Jefferson Boulevard adjacent to the Grand Wayne Convention Center and Parkview Field. We believe this is another step in continuing to bring more families, business travelers and conventioneers to experience all that downtown Fort Wayne has to offer.”

Over 25 percent of the hotel's 136 guestrooms will be oversized suites and at 226 West Jefferson Blvd. The Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown next door was developed and is managed by White Lodging. It opened in 2010.

“I'm encouraged by White Lodging's commitment to once again invest in another important project in Fort Wayne,”  Mayor Tom Henry said. “Adding an additional hotel and increasing our room capacity will have a tremendous impact on our community. As a point of destination city, this new development will enhance our ability to assist with our growing convention and tourism opportunities and provide guests with a memorable experience in Fort Wayne.”