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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
The former Showcase Cinemas complex has been torn down in
west Toledo, and going in its place are two hotels, a couple of restaurants and
some new retail space.
Groundbreaking was held Tuesday for the $25 million Secor
Village development project. Mayor Bell and three council members joined Key
Hotel and Property Management to break ground, marking the start of
construction on a Hampton Inn and Suites, expected to open in July of 2014.
Later this year, work is also scheduled to begin on a
Holiday Inn Express, to open in December, 2014.
Local developer Steve Roumaya says he's pleased the city
is extending Executive Parkway just east of Secor Road to provide better access
to the property. He says the need is out there to serve corporate clients.
"The need for these hotels, we're building in the
high-end corporate hotel, which is the [University of Toledo], Toledo Hospital
requiring a newer hotel," Roumaya said. "We worked with them, we met with
When completed, the two hotels are expected to hire
roughly 100 people. Roumaya says deals are in the works to bring two
restaurants and some retailers to the site.