White Marsh is set to get its first hotel, a development that could help lure business to one of Baltimore County's high-growth communities and please the companies that already are there.
Builders are expected to begin work by next month on a 120-room Hampton Inn, said J. Joseph Credit, a senior vice president for Nottingham Properties, the master developer of White Marsh. He said the "business class" hotel will be built on a three-acre site at Campbell Boulevard and Town Center Drive.
"I can't underline the significance more," he said. "The one thing we were missing was a hotel."
The hotel could open as early as July, said John Hawkins, spokesman for Promus Hotel Corp., which franchises Hampton Inn hotels. He said it would be a limited-service hotel, with no full-service restaurant. The chain operates more than 500 hotels nationwide, including locations in Cockeysville, Glen Burnie and at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
The local developer for the White Marsh project, Jim Dresher, could not be reached for comment.
Mr. Credit said visitors to White Marsh businesses often stay at hotels in Towson, Timonium or Baltimore. "We have tenants in White Marsh now who have been crying out for a hotel.
The hotel is one of a number of major projects being developed in White Marsh.
Already open is a 400,000-square-foot warehouse and outlet store for Warner Bros. merchandise. A Best Buy store and Dick's Clothing and Sporting Goods, the first two tenants at the 375,000-square-foot, $34 million Nottingham Square "power center," are also open.
In the works is the $45 million Avenue at White Marsh, an entertainment and retail complex designed to create a Main Street atmosphere near White Marsh Mall.