MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- The hotel industry continues to expand in Manhattan as crews gear up to start work on two brand new facilities.
An area near the corner of Bluemont Avenue and North Manhattan Avenue has been fenced off where several homes and an apartment complex will soon be demolished.
Once they are torn down, construction will begin on a new five story hotel in Aggieville across from Kansas State University’s campus. It’s expected to open next year.
Ron Fehr, Manhattan City Manager, said: “It’s going to be a very unique facility, obviously a lot different than what’s there but the owners there are excited about their relationship to Aggieville as well as the university… I believe it’s designed to be somewhat of traditional rooms plus some long-term stay rooms as well.”
A Holiday Inn Express will be built by Noble Hospitality off of Fort Riley Boulevard near the new Candlewood Suites and Hilton Garden Inn. It will be the last building constructed in Manhattan’s south end redevelopment efforts, part of a massive revamping of the downtown area.
Fehr said the addition of new hotels is a sign of the growth in Manhattan and shows that the city is a hot spot for different types of events.
“Obviously, it helps when the athletic department is being very successful and just the university with all of its activities and things going on. We have a lot of youth sports and other programming here in the community as well so I think a lot of that adds to it. There’s a lot of special events like County Stampede…. We have some hotels that are remodeling and we have increased the number of rooms that have been added to the system as well,” he added.