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SMITHFIELD — Community leaders, elected officials and guests got a first look at the Hampton Inn Smithfield hotel currently under construction during a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and unveiling of an artists conception portrait held recently at the building’s site.
Wintergreen Hospitality is developing the project and Raleigh-based Davidson Jones Construction Co. serves as general contractor.
Much of the preliminary work has already been completed at the site in Towne Centre Place on the cul-de-sac between Golden Corral and Sheetz.
Wintergreen Hospitality principal Anup Patel said his company is looking forward to having a Hampton Inn in Smithfield.
“We are excited,” said Patel. “We are hoping to be open by next fall.”
“We are very grateful for Wintergreen,” said Smithfield Mayor Andy Moore.
Patel said the hotel will have a new design for a Hampton Inn. The five-story building will be 75 feet tall and is expected to be the highest point in the area. It will contain 112 guest rooms and meeting spaces.
According to Patel, the hotel will have an outdoor patio and an indoor pool. It will not be pet-friendly.
Patel said the company was drawn to the location for several reasons.
“We like being able to anchor the cul-de-sac and there are plenty of restaurants and shopping areas nearby,” said Patel.
Patel told guests Wintergreen is unsure of the future of the other Hampton Inn hotel that has served Selma some three miles away for the last 20 years.
“This new hotel is a sign of the controlled growth coming to Smithfield and the surrounding region,” said Triangle East Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Michael Mancuso. “We want to thank Wintergreen for picking us.”