Construction will start later this month on a new five story, 80 room Holiday Inn Express and Suites hotel in Hermantown. The hotel will be located on the site of the former Eggebrecht Chevrolet Dealership and will spearhead the redevelopment of a large corner site including land where the former Cinema 8 theater was.
The former Eggebrecht dealership will be torn down along with the last remaining portion of the Cinema 8 structure that was saved due to its potential reuse someday. When those buildings have been demolished work to clean up the site will begin. The city of Hermantown will then also begin construction of two new roadways that will lead into the site. One with access from Mall Drive, while the other will be constructed off of Haines Road.
Mark Labovitz of Express Investors of Duluth, LLC is the man responsible for the development occurring on a 2.9 acre portion of the site that will house the second Holiday Inn Express hotel in the area (the first is in Superior). He is also the man who is also responsible for the 338 room Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites in Downtown Duluth. So needless to say... he knows the brand and knows what he is doing.
The hotel will feature a very modern design with quality materials used for construction. The exterior of the building features elements of the most current Holiday Inn Express prototype and makes use of materials such as stucco, stone and metal accents. The hotel will also provide continental breakfast and will include a pool.
The developers of the project will provide 123 parking spaces, more than the required amount of one parking spot per room and employee. Quite a bit of landscaping for the site is planned including over 50 trees and 250 shrubs which will transform the site dramatically from what it has been for over the last ten years.
Construction should begin by the end of the month with a completion expected by next summer.