The fast-growing Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel brand is coming to the East Shore.
York Township-based Springwood Hospitality, which owns a Home2 in York County and is developing two more Home2 hotels in Lancaster County and Frederick, Md., has partnered with Union Deposit Corp. on a new Home2 in Susquehanna Township.
Union Deposit Corp., based in Swatara Township, got township approval last week to build two new hotels and a drive-through restaurant on about 6.5 acres off Progress Avenue between Valley Road and Brindle Drive, just in front of the Shoppes at Susquehanna Marketplace.
Springwood CEO Dave Hogg said the Home2 will be the first hotel on the site.
“It’s just a great location,” said Hogg, who has been looking to expand in the Harrisburg area for several years.
The other hotel brand for the development has not yet been chosen, he said, though his company does work primarily with the Hilton and Marriott brands. Springwood just finished a more affordable Tru by Hilton in Lancaster County, with another one under construction in York County.
Given the demographics of the area and being adjacent to the Shoppes at Susquehanna, a blend of specialty retailers, high-end apparel companies and restaurants, Hogg said the second hotel will probably be a more upscale brand.
A recent trend, both locally and nationally, has been construction of hotels that fall into the higher end of the mid-tier market or upscale segment. Many of the new hotels are all-suite hotels, like Home2, that cater to corporate travelers staying for multiple days, and hotels with limited food-service operations and little meeting space.
The five-story Home2 at Susquehanna Marketplace will be about 65,000 square feet with 115 rooms.
Hogg said he anticipates construction to begin in spring 2018 and take about a year to complete. However, it’s possible that site work could begin this fall.
No companies have been named for the restaurant pad on the site. The approved plan calls for a 2,000-square-foot restaurant.
Hogg also believes the new development could spark other commercial investments along Valley Road.