|Site of the Hampton Inn and Suites coming to Media, PA|
There's a lot about the Hampton Inn and Suites coming to Media that people need to be brought up to speed on. I would have hoped Media Borough knew enough to provide a revised overview and new timeline, but I'm hearing this caught them by surprise.
It's been well over a decade since anything of importance, or really anything at all, has been discussed or summarized about the long awaited Media Hampton Inn, however, I can tell you that project is back with work started in earnest last week to raze the abandoned building.
From where things left off years ago, it will still be a Hampton Inn and comprise of about ~116 rooms and be about 4 stories. The lawsuit borough about by residents over the initial design have been settled and are not expected to infringe on the current plans or schedules. The lengthy delay had more to do with economic/financial environment and motivation, than anything else.
The hotel will not have a restaurant but is expected to have a liquor license of some sort and facilities for moderate sized gatherings. It was hoped this would have been a nice compliment to the Towne House banquet/reception business, but as things worked out, we'll never know. A shuttle bus to and from State Street would be a nice option and might be considered, but I know of no definite plans at this stage.
As for what will be done towards mitigating traffic, that's a good question. Traffic is different today than it was 12 years ago. I will point out that even without the hotel currently, there is a dire need for a traffic signal at the intersection of Jefferson and Providence Rd. The obtuse angle in which Beatty road intersect Providence Rd by Jefferson Street is in need of improvement. Not sure what can be done or negotiated at this point, but that intersection is a problem NOW.
Updated timelines on completion haven't been shared yet, but the way things are going now, I'd say 2018.
I'll provide updates as they become available. If you have questions, please leave a comment below. If I don't have the answer, I'll try to get one for you.