It's an Embassy!
The Capital Region's first Embassy Suites will be located at the Congress Plaza in Saratoga Springs.
Hilton Worldwide recently approved the location for an Embassy Suites and a formal groundbreaking will be held on Thursday, according to a a news release from DCG Development Co., which developed the project. It will be going up on the site of the now-empty former Grand Union supermarket, which most recently housed Broadway Joe’s Dinner and a Movie.
The 149-room hotel was given a green light from the city's Planning Board in May and final approval of the design rests with the city's Design Review Commission.
The hotel will also feature a restaurant, lounge, indoor pool, fitness center and meeting facilities to accommodate groups with as many as 350 people. Parking will be available onsite, according to the news release.
DCG Development already operates a 104-room Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park. The company previously said they hoped to open the Saratoga location in time for the summer of 2014.
During several review sessions since the plans were first submitted last fall, city principal planner Kate Maynard said the scope of the project was reduced, with a two-story parking garage that would have been built along Congress Street removed from the plans. The existing CVS Pharmacy and the southern half of the existing plaza will remain.
The developer will also be re-establishing vehicle and pedestrian connections from West Congress Street through to South Franklin and South Federal streets. Those street-grid connections were severed when the plaza was first constructed, Maynard said.
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