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Downtown's new hotel breaks ground

May 25, 2004

Albany-- The $17 million hotel and conference center will go up right across Oglethorpe Boulevard from the Civic Center. Promoters of the project say the conference center will be the key to economic vitality in Albany Tomorrow.

Throwing the ceremonial dirt culminated years of negotiations and deal making that it took to finally start the hotel and conference center.

The Earl Patton Company from Atlanta is the developer, and have gambled heavily on it's success. Patton said "We have never invested as much as we have in this project financially."

The Albany Hilton Garden Inn and conference center will use the Flint River for inspiration. Architect Rick Standard said "A five story property, along Front Street, most rooms looking toward the river. There will be a pavilion out front, and about where we standing a nice entertainment garden, and the other side a dining garden off the restaurant area."

Crestline Hotels will operate the hotel and center, bringing dozens of jobs to the economy, banking on future growth. Crestline Hotels Vice President of Operations Bruce Nelker said "Other cities have done the same thing and found it to be very successful. This is not some pie in the sky. It's going to be very positive for everybody."

The Albany Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center is scheduled to open next summer.

posted at 3:30PM by dave.miller@walb.com

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