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Wyndham building Angola hotel

By Mike Marturello 

Feb 19, 2018 Updated 2 hrs ago

ANGOLA — A Wingate by Wyndham hotel will be the first development to locate in Angola Innovation Park, it was announced Monday during the meeting of the Angola Common Council.

The approximately 90-room, four-story hotel will be the first project in the park, which is being developed at Interstate 69 and U.S. 20 by Angola First Development, a group of local developers that includes Jim Ingledue, Wayne and Carol Klink and Ken Wilson.

Angola Innovation Park, which will include a certified technology park, has been developed by Angola First with assistance from the city and state grant funding.

“I would like to congratulate you on a new hotel in your new park,” Wilson said, speaking to Mayor Dick Hickman.

“We’re very excited to get started,” said Kevin Hignett, a representative of Wyndham.

Wyndham Hotel group is the world’s largest and most diverse hotel company, with approximately 7,650 hotels spanning six continents.

Wingate by Wyndham, which falls into the group’s midscale category, has been selected as the flag to be planted at the Angola Innovation Park. The hotel will be built south of the McDonald’s on U.S. 20 and will be accessed by a road off of U.S. 20. The hotel will be clearly visible from I-69.

“The motto ‘Built for Work. Built for Play. Built for You.’ describes the Wingate by Wyndham experience and could not be a better description of the goals of the City of Angola and the region. With the region’s tourism, visitor traffic and vibrant business and education community, the Wingate by Wyndham is the ideal hotel to serve the county and region,” said a news release provided by Angola First.

“We have a strong visitor industry and look forward to increased offerings to serve our more than 2 million visitors a year to Steuben County,” said June Julien, executive director of the Steuben Count Tourism Bureau.

The progress of the Angola Innovation Park has been steady and as planned, leading to the ground breaking of the region’s newest hotel to be expected in the summer of 2018, with occupancy beginning in the spring of 2019, Wilson said.

Wingate by Wyndham is currently slated to be the first project to break ground in the park as phase one, the commerce component of the development, continues to progress rapidly, Wilson said.

Phase two, a certified tech park, is also progressing and will consist of businesses that match the goals for the park and the region, Wilson said.

Wingate by Wyndham’s commitment to the Angola Innovation Park, the city of Angola and the region is evident by its willingness to be pioneers for the development and serve as an anchor tenant that will help drive growth within the park and the region, Wilson said.

“We are excited and honored that Wingate by Wyndham will be coming to the Angola Innovation Park,” Wilson said. “We believe the addition of this hotel to the park and the region will be a unifying event in the growth and eventual life of the Angola and the region. The fact that Wingate by Wyndham is a brand that matches the goals of the park and the region make this a perfect fit.”

Wilson said much progress has taken place at Innovation Park, in terms of earth moving and laying the foundation for infrastructure, only to be slowed by the onset of winter.

“We’re anxious to get out there and finish it up,” he said. A July finish date for site work is anticipated.