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Leaders expect new hotel to transform Bristol's downtown

Staff Report • Dec 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

BRISTOL, Va. — Bristol, Va., officials and developers announced a hotel project Thursday that they hope will transform the 800 block of State Street in the city's downtown into a "destination hospitality complex."

The development partners of Creative Boutique Hotels said the new 70-room hotel, dubbed the Sessions Hotel, a spa, a restaurant and a rooftop bar, will soon begin to take shape on the properties that currently include the Owen Equipment

building and adjacent parking lot, KSS, Jobbers Candy and the Mill.

Construction on the complex is scheduled to begin in March with an expected opening date of 2015.

Bristol Assistant City Manager Andrew Trivette said the city expects an economic boon for the municipality, with an initial $20 million investment, 70 full-time employees and $1.2 million in sales taxes in the next five years.

Creative Boutique Hotels is a Virginia-based partnership focused on the development of boutique hotels in small markets, made up of Cornerstone Hospitality, Hal Craddock

of Craddock Cunningham Architectural Partners and MB Contractors.