City of Yorkville officials broke ground on the future Holiday Inn Express and Suites Hotel Tuesday afternoon.
The officials joined hotel developer Sonny Shah of Kendall Hospitality LLC for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site in the Kendall Crossing development, just north of the NCG Cinemas movie theater.
The hotel is anticipated to open in the fall of 2018, officials said.
Yorkville Mayor Gary Golinski, as well as aldermen Ken Koch, Joel Frieders, Arden Plocher, Chris Funkhouser, and city staff, attended the ceremony.
Jason Pesola of Yorkville, the partner/broker on the project, and Jim Ratos of Yorkville, a partner/developer of the project, both attended the ceremony.
Also among those present were representatives from the Yorkville School District, Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce, Bristol-Kendall Fire Protection District, and the Yorkville-Bristol Sanitary District.
As part of the groundbreaking, Shah invited Hindu priest Krishna Sulakhe, a Montgomery resident, to perform a blessing of the ground and the site. Golinski participated in the blessing.
The four-story hotel will feature more than 90 rooms, including some suites, and an adjacent 12,000-square-foot banquet facility is planned as part of the project.
The Yorkville City Council unanimously approved a development agreement with Shah in May that includes a commitment of TIF district proceeds.
As part of the developer agreement, Kendall Hospitality LLC agreed to acquire the property before July 1, begin construction before the end of this year, and complete the project by the end of 2018.
There are 2,507 Holiday Inn Express branded hotels in operation as of March 2017, according to the website for IHG, the parent company of Holiday Inn Express. There are 689 hotels planned to be built, the website states.