- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - A group headed by a local dentist plans to build the first downtown hotel in one central Pennsylvania city since the 1980s.

The Altoona Mirror (https://bit.ly/1JOX2Y4 ) reports the group plans to build an 83-room, four-floor Wingate hotel on the site of music store in Altoona. The city is about 85 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Patrick Miller, president of the Greater Altoona Economic Development Corp., says the city’s last downtown hotel closed in the late 1980s.

Studies show the hotel will draw guests generated by UPMC Altoona hospital, including visiting doctors and the families of patients. Guests of events at Penn State’s nearby satellite campus and other traffic generated by corporate offices of the Norfolk Southern Railroad are also expected to fuel the demand for rooms.

The hotel is scheduled to open in August 2016.


Information from: Altoona Mirror, https://www.altoonamirror.com

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