Owner Jin Xang Yang said she is thrilled with the ceremonial beginning to the hotel.
“I’m excited because it means everything is closer (to completion) and I’m really happy for that,” she said.
Jin and her, husband Xun Zheng, have owned the adjacent King House Buffet restaurant for 12 years and purchased the motor lodge two years ago.
Masonry work has been under way at the site for a week. Construction is expected to take about 240 working days and completion is planned for next winter, according to Richard Huff, project coordinator and hospitality consultant from Hospitality Reality Services.
“This is another beautiful thing happening in central Pennsylvania,” said Tony Komarnicki, principal architect with The Architrave. “The Colonial Motor Lodge definitely served its time.”
The 30-room motel occupied the site for at least 50 years and was demolished in seven days, nearly a month ago.
“They’ve been flying right along,” Komarnicki said of construction crews from TurnKey Construction Inc.
The Comfort Inn, part of the Custom Choice Hotels chain, will be a 58-room, three-story hotel with an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool suites, fitness and meeting rooms, Huff said.
A “unique exterior design” will have a stone base, stucco wall surface, seam metal roofing and a metal wing canopy.
“We’re very excited about this project,” township Supervisor Jeff Rauf said. “We’re always excited about any new project.”
Each company involved in the project and the owners are based in the township, including Woodlands Bank, which financed the project, he said.
The hotel will bring about 25 jobs to the area, Huff said.