Work starts on Holiday Inn in Sheffield  Village

Photo by John Edwards
With gold-plated shovels in hand, Sheffield Village Councilman Bob Markovich, left, Lorain County Chamber of Commerce President Anthony Gallo, Profile Development CEO George Papandreas, Magistrate Kreig Brusnahan, Sheffield Village Mayor John Hunter, Councilwoman Carolyn White, County Commissioner Matt Lundy and Timothy Hughes break ground for the new Holiday Inn, which is slated to open in spring 2019.

By JOHN EDWARDS

SHEFFIELD VILLAGE – Holiday Inn is finally coming to the village.

Nearly a decade after the idea was proposed, Profile Development Group Inc. has begun construction of the $10 million, full-service, 106 room hotel off Interstate 90 at the Detroit Avenue exit behind Drug Mart Plaza.

The four-story hotel is expected to open in the spring of 2019.

Planning began in 2008 when the developer, Profile Development CEO George Papandreas, said the project was first presented to Village Council and Planning Commission. But it never got started because of delays in financing caused or complicated by the economic decline in Great Recession.

Papandreas said the site is more than five and a half acres, which means there’s room to expand. He said he also likes because of its proximity to I-90 and Interstate 80. It’s halfway between Sandusky, which has Cedar Point, and Cleveland, which he noted is going through a  renaissance. It’s also minutes away from Lorain County Community College.

This be village’s second national chain hotel. The 96-room Homewood Suites by Hilton opened on the other side of Detroit Road two years ago.

Lorain County Commissioner Matt Lundy told those gathered at the groundbreaking that said he’s glad to have a Holiday Inn here in the Heart of Lorain County.

“It’s good for the Village and it’s good for the county not only for the property tax and income tax from construction workers and hotel employees, but for the eventual bed taxes too,” he said.

Sheffield Village Mayor John Hunter said an estimated 100-150 construction workers will be on the job site from now through 2018 and until the hotel is completed. When the Holiday Inn is open, Papandreas said it will employ at least 25 full-time and another 20-25 part-time employees. Hunter said the village’s 3 percent bed tax yields $7,500-8,000 monthly and about $100,000 per year based on the existing the Homewood Suites by Hilton.

“Lorain County keeps expanding,” Chamber of Commerce President Anthony Gallo said. “More new businesses and hotels mean good things for everyone. Lorain County is stepping up its game.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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