Pittsburgh – This delta city isn’t a tourist mecca, but it could see the 115-room Hilton rise in the next few months on Loveridge Road.
Last week, the city council approved the hotel’s proposal for an empty plot of land frequently used as a camp for the homeless.
Pittsburgh lost its largest home to overnight guests when Motel 6, also located in Loveridge across the street from the planned Hilton, was purchased by Contra Costa County in June 2020 for $21.6 million as part of California’s Homekey Program to house people with Homelessness during an epidemic.
The new two-acre hotel will be part of the Home2Suites chain that recently opened its 500th location in North America. The 62,840-square-foot building will include 19 guest rooms, a reception area in the main foyer, a fitness room, a community dining/gathering area, an outdoor pool, a guest laundry, and a staff office on the ground floor. Council member Gilani Kellings described the project as an “exciting opportunity for the city”.
Wolfgang Kruske, the only person who spoke about the project at the board meeting on November 15, wondered if the hotel could also be rented to house the homeless.
But Sean Trainman of Platinum Hospitality responded that the hotel would not accept any kind of voucher. “Only cash and credit,” he added.
Gary Avene, a Boston-based hotel analyst, described Home2Suites as “a high-quality but moderately priced brand for extended stay, and slightly less expensive than the Hilton’s Homewood Suites.”
He added that “brand standards” are strictly enforced to be included during the development process, not just after opening during operations. The design is modern and enjoys a high level of customer satisfaction.”
Avene added, “It is also worth noting that extended stay products from these parent brands are not alternatives to affordable housing. Home2Suites is for business travelers who have a project perhaps for several weeks or a temporary family relocation, but it is not low-cost accommodation.”
Jordan Davis, the city’s director of community and economic development, described the proposed hotel as a “high quality” project and a positive addition to the city’s hotel inventory. Trineman said his company hopes to begin construction in the next three months. The company expects construction to take one year, according to a staff report.
The proposed project will provide 119 parking spaces on the site, including five accessible parking spaces, one accessible cart, 10 airless parking spaces for cars, and six electric vehicle charging spaces. The developer will also install 10 bicycle parking spaces. Site improvements consisting of curbs, gutters, sidewalks for pedestrian access, signature, lighting and strips will be installed along Loveridge Road and throughout the project site.