TUCSON – It’s been in the works for a while but today city leaders and business people broke ground on a hotel at the Tucson Convention Center.
The hotel will be a Double Tree by Hilton.
The Rio Nuevo district board approved the 125-room hotel last year.
Caliber hospitality, which purchased the Hilton Tucson East, is expected to spend $20 million on the new hotel.
City leaders say Tucson has long needed a hotel adjacent to the TCC.
Caliber’s agreement with Rio Nuevo will allow it to keep a minimum of $2.5 million in sales tax revenue from the hotel.
The hotel is also slated to have a restaurant and coffee shop.