Illinois-based hotel company Heart of America Group plans to start construction later this year on a 202-room full-service boutique hotel off Camp Bowie Boulevard that will open a few months before Fort Worth’s new multipurpose arena in the nearby Will Rogers Memorial Complex.
The City Council on Tuesday heard terms of an economic development incentive for the project, called Hotel Renovo, that would rebate the hotel’s 7 percent city occupancy tax for 16 years. The incentive would be capped at $7.2 million. The council will vote on the incentive Feb. 21.
The company plans a $47 million, 12-story hotel that will also have 11 suites at the northwest corner of Camp Bowie Boulevard and Van Cliburn Way. The hotel, with about 196,000 square feet, will include retail space on the street level as well as a 9,000-square-foot restaurant. It will also have ballroom and meeting space.
I fully think the near west side and the Cultural District will be very much impressed with this building. It’s a great project.
Fort Worth Councilman Dennis Shingleton
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Kirk Whalen, vice president for Heart of America Group, said the hotel will be built in an 18-month time frame and open by August 2019, which is a few months before the new 14,000-seat arena is set to be completed. That $450 million project is expected to be ready in time for the 2020 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.
The city estimates the hotel will generate $13.8 million in state and city hotel taxes over the 16 years that will help pay for the city’s $225 million portion of the arena project.
Heart of America will buy the land for the project and own and operate the hotel for the long term, he said. The land is in the Museum Place mixed-use development off West Seventh Street.
In business for 38 years, Heart of America has developed 16 hotels and 21 restaurants in six states. This will be its first Fort Worth project.
Councilman Dennis Shingleton said the project could be a catalyst for the west side.
“I fully think the near west side and the Cultural District will be very much impressed with this building,” Shingleton said. “It’s a great project.”
Under terms of the incentive package, the company will need to meet various hiring and spending requirements.
“Without an incentive, we can get perhaps a very basic hotel” on the site, Carol Griffith, with the city’s economic development staff, told the council.