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$20M hotel set to open next month

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(Contributed) High Hotels Ltd., an affiliate of High Real Estate Group LLC in Lancaster, is opening an 85,000-square-foot hotel in Upper Saucon Township near Interstate 78 and Route 309. Named SpringHill Suites Marriott Allentown Bethlehem/Center Valley, this photo shows another new SpringHill Suites in Texas with the same design package.
(Contributed) High Hotels Ltd., an affiliate of High Real Estate Group LLC in Lancaster, is opening an 85,000-square-foot hotel in Upper Saucon Township near Interstate 78 and Route 309. Named SpringHill Suites Marriott Allentown Bethlehem/Center Valley, this photo shows another new SpringHill Suites in Texas with the same design package.

One of the region’s newest hotels is about to open.

Construction is now complete at SpringHill Suites by Marriott.

The $20 million hotel is expected to open in the Stabler Corporate Center near Route 309 and Interstate 78 in Upper Saucon Township by Dec. 15.

High Hotels Ltd., an affiliate of High Real Estate Group LLC in Lancaster, is developing the 85,000-square-foot hotel, its first in the Greater Lehigh Valley and 15th overall.

Named SpringHill Suites Marriott Allentown Bethlehem/Center Valley, the hotel will feature high-end finishes and 132 suites, said Mike Williams, general manager for the hotel.

The brand of the hotel is in demand, particularly for business travelers, he added.

“Ninety percent of our travelers are corporate-based businesses,” Williams said. “It’s kind of an underserved market.”

The weekends would likely be popular for reservations from leisure travelers as well as wedding guests and sports teams, he said.

The hotel has a 780-square-foot flex meeting space and outdoor event space/gathering area that’s about 350 square feet, Williams said.

“The response has been overwhelming from the corporate and leisure community alike,” he said.

The hotel will not have a full restaurant. It will have a limited appetizer menu and offers a full bar and complimentary breakfast, he said.

The hotel will include a business center, fitness center, pool and free Wi-Fi, among other amenities.

A privately held company, High Hotels Ltd. is a subsidiary of High Construction, which built SpringHill Suites as the general contractor.

Aside from Homewood Suites, another hotel that recently opened a short distance away, there is a lack of hotel product serving the market in the area, according to Russ Urban, president of High Hotels.

“It’s a rather growing part of the whole region,” Urban said.

The larger room sizes are geared to serving a particular market.

The suites are 23 percent larger than anything else out there, Williams said.

Urban said these rooms are significantly larger than any other traditional hotel product in the marketplace.

The property also has room to grow, since High Hotels owns a few acres next to the hotel across from the main entrance that it could develop.

“We’ve got a dedicated second site,” Urban said. “We could do retail, a restaurant, an office building or another hotel. We are talking to several office and restaurant users right now about the possibility of going in there.”

Greenfield Architects Ltd., another affiliate of the company, is the architect for the project. Rettew Associates of Lancaster, which has an office in Allentown, was the civil engineer.

S&T Bank, headquartered in Indiana, was the lending partner.

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Brian Pedersen

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Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it.

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