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Convention Center hotel

The Wilmington City Council approved a purchase and development agreement for the sale of land and the construction of a privately-owned hotel next to the Wilmington Convention Center at their Feb. 4 meeting.

 Watch video from the Council meeting

 View the City Manager's presentation to Council

 View Harmony Hospitality's presentation to Council 


About the hotel

  • Harmony Hospitality, Inc. to purchase about ¾-acre adjacent to Convention Center for $578,820 - the same amount previously published in three publicly advertised requests for proposals
  • Construction of a $33.6 million, privately-owned 186-room Embassy Suites hotel
  • Would include meeting space, pool, full service restaurant with room service
  • 250 reserved spaces for hotel in city’s 578-space parking deck for $100 per month per space, which is the current publicly established parking rate
  • Construction expected to begin late this summer with completion in summer 2015

Economic impact

  • Estimated to generate $6.4 million for the city over next ten years
  • Significant annual revenues – Year 2020:
    – Room occupancy taxes $365,000 per year
    – Local sales taxes $30,000 per year
    – Parking revenues $300,000 per year
    – Property tax revenues $132,000 per year
    – TOTAL: $835,000 per year
  • Revenue during construction of hotel
    – Projected economic activity generated $44.3M
    – Total jobs created 346 jobs
    – Direct construction & support jobs 215+
    – Employee earnings $12.4M
  • Revenue after opening of hotel
    – Revenues of hotel & restaurant $12.6M
    – Annual economic activity $19.9M
    – Total jobs created 207 jobs
    – Direct hotel jobs created 155
    – Employee earnings $4.9M
  • Average wage for hotel employees at least $13.02 per hour
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