A groundbreaking is scheduled Wednesday for a new hotel in downtown Springfield, while construction work is finishing on a second hotel expected to open later this year.
Both hotels were planned more than 5 years ago, but work stalled because of the recession and other factors. The fact that both projects are moving ahead is an indicator that business is turning around, in the view of Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Visitors and Convention Bureau.
The new hotels will give travelers to Springfield more choices in prices and location. Both hotels are within walking distance of the casino proposed by MGM Resorts.