By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: City of Needles (Information):
Needles, California: Groundbreaking ceremony for a new Hampton Inn was held on Wednesday, February 18th, 2021 along Needles Highway near O Street.
ZachNews was there at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new hotel, first reported on ZachNews years ago.
The new hotel is being built on what use to be the former site of the El Rancho Motel at 1803 Needles Highway (Route 66).
The new Hampton Inn and Suites will be a three stories hotel will be 45,000 square foot with 80 rooms, a meeting room and laundry facilities, all accessible from the inside of the building will outdoor there will be a swimming pool for the hotel and 83 hotel parking spaces with associated landscaping along the property.
Needles City Manager Rick Daniels welcomed those in attendances and spoke about the new hotel and what the positive affects the new hotel will have on the community.
According to the City of Needles, the new hotel will bring between 30 to 50 new jobs to the community and will bring between $350,000 to $500,000 in new hotel tax into the community.
Hampton Inn and Suites are a brand of hotels trademarked by Hilton Worldwide, and are independently owned and operated by franchisees, though a few are managed by Hilton.
Well the City of Needles hopes that all of the new hotel jobs are hired by locals, it’s up to the hotel to choose who are qualified for the new hotel job positions, which could be either locals or those who live outside the community, and if they pass the necessary background checks and drug testing.
The City of Needles also hopes that this new hotel project improves the area; taking an empty dirt lot that has sat undeveloped for year and building something new and attractive to bring in travelers off historic Route 66 (Needles Highway) and near by Interstate 40 to stop in and stay for a while, especially to enjoy a nice day on the greens at River Edge Golf Course which is approximately 0.8 miles away drive away to the east from the new hotel, or to go boating along the Colorado River from Jack Smith Memorial Park which is approximately 1.9 miles away to the east from the new hotel.
Needles City Manager Rick Daniels hopes more revenue at other local hotels and restaurants from those constructing the new hotel and those who work and stay at the new hotel when completed, especially for restaurants like River City Pizza Company which is located just next to the site of the new hotel.
After thanking the Greens Group and those involved in getting this project ready to start, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels join Needles City Development Director Patrick Martinez, Needles City Council Members Timothy Terral, Zachery Longacre, and Kristen Merritt, Greens Founding Principal Sharad Kadakia, Greens Development Vice President of Construction Michael Eichner and Quality Inn General Manager Daniels and Candace as the shovels tossed dirt on a new start for this empty dirt lot to a new hotel in this Colorado River desert community along historic Route 66.
Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that completion of the new Hampton is set for April 2022.