In roughly 20 months from now, Temecula will have another piece of its emerging uptown district when Hilton Garden Inn is scheduled to be complete.
Developers, contractors, family members and city staff gathered Thursday, Oct. 24, at the site – located on Jefferson Avenue, adjacent to Rosa’s Cafe and Tortilla Factory and in front of Springhill Suites – for a groundbreaking.
Robert F. Tuttle Architects Inc. designed the structure that will feature three floors and 104 rooms over approximately 66,991 square feet.
Wellprofit International Inc. hired Medearis Construction to build the project that will have street level and underground parking, a pool and spa, and outdoor-indoor dining with a bar.
Wellprofit President Tony Lee was excited about the project, which he said took about three years in total to get to this point.
“Temecula is a very up and coming city,” Lee said before the ceremony. “I really like the city with the city plannings, the tourism here, Wine Country, Old Town. I think the mayor and the staff are doing a good job on developing the city with a really solid plan.”
The ceremony was dedicated to the Lee family’s matriarch who died a month earlier.
“We brought our mom’s picture here; it’s too bad that we couldn’t do this groundbreaking before she passed away, but I’m sure she’s here with us,” Lee said. “We dedicate this to her.”
Temecula Mayor Mike Naggar offered blessings for the project and talked of harmony throughout the process.
“If you need anything, you have our whole team here from economic development to planning to our city manager, to our assistant city manager, you got all the resources of the city of Temecula,” he said. “But I have to tell you something. When you came into the city, you presented yourselves again with that harmony that deserved all of our attention. You became more than just another project in Temecula, and frankly we have a lot of projects going, but you were a little different. So, I want to thank you for that. And again, as we break ground here, a blessing to you and your family and to all the workers.”
Hilton representative David Hall was on hand as well
“We continue to enjoy being involved in your community,” Hall said. “It’s been a long time coming with this project. I think it’s going to be a really great addition to the Hilton family and we are really excited about it, and hopefully, this becomes an extension of what you guys are trying to do here in town as well. Appreciate all the effort working with the architechs, working with the owners and everything else.”
The project is expected to be completed in 20 months.
“We hope this whole process will be smooth and we won’t run into much of a problem,” Lee said. “With the help of the city, we get this thing open as quickly as we can, and let’s bring in some tax dollars.”
The groundbreaking was also attended by City Manager Aaron Adams, Assistant City Manager Greg Butler, Economic Development Manager Christine Damko and Community Development Director Luke Watson.
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