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May. 28, 2013

New Hilton Garden Inn Coming to Akron’s East End Development

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

Akron will soon say hello to a new hotel. IRG Rubber City L.L.C. and Summit Development Inc. have signed an agreement with Hilton Worldwide to bring a new Hilton Garden Inn to the city’s East End development.

The project will break ground this summer. A five-story, 136-room hotel will be built on three acres of land at the corner of East Market Street and Kelly Avenue on part of the former Goodyear world headquarters campus.

The new Hilton Garden Inn will include a full restaurant and bar, an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center, meeting rooms offering about 3,000 square feet of flexible space and more. The project’s total cost will be $18 million. It is expected to be completed in June of next year.

IRG Rubber City senior vice president Peter Goffstein told the Akron Beacon Journal that the hotel project is part of what he called “Phase II” of the East End mixed-use project, which is being developed by IRG Rubber City and Pittsburgh-based Summit Development Inc. The project calls for the renovation of the former Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. corporate headquarters and Goodyear Hall across the street. The developers will turn the 1.7 million square feet of space into a mix of offices, retail and residencies.

“The location is right in the heart of the redevelopment, conveniently located close to several major highways, and will serve as a great amenity for the downtown Akron business district, local hospitals, the University of Akron, the new Goodyear headquarters and a number of major sporting events,” Goffstein said in a statement for the press. “We’re excited to partner with Summit Development and Hilton to bring such a tremendous and needed addition to the greater Akron area.”

There are more than 500 Hilton Garden Inns worldwide. According to Hilton’s Web site, there are six Hilton Garden Inns in Northeast Ohio.

Photo of the Hilton Garden Inn Akron-Canton Airport courtesy of Hilton Garden Inn.

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