HOTEL DEVELOPERS DENNIS Patel, his son and business partner, Hershal Patel, and the city of Chicopee, Massachusetts, on May 15, celebrated the grand opening of the Tru by Hilton Chicopee Springfield.
Chicopee Hospitality Inc. built the 108-room midscale hotel where a 53-year-old hotel used to stand. The Patels razed their former Days Inn building to make way for a modern structure.
Hershal Patel told The Republican newspaper it was more cost efficient to demolish the older building and develop a new property.
The Tru hotel reportedly cost $15 million to construct, around $139,000 a key. The project created 30 new jobs. The city of Chicopee added $188,000 in tax-cut incentives.
The Tru hotel is a turning point for the hotel business at that site. When the site supported the Days Inn, the city opposed its use as a shelter for the homeless. According to reports, up to a third of its 100 rooms housed homeless families.
During the ribbon-cutting event, Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos thanked owner Dennis Patel for his commitment to the city of Chicopee. “Congratulations to the Patels for recognizing the importance of a hotel of this caliber and what it does in terms of making sure that (Chicopee) remains vibrant and progressive,” Kos was quoted by The Republican.
Other elected officials at the event were state senators Eric Lesser and James Welch, state representatives Joseph Wagner, Michael Finn and Angelo Puppolo, and members of the Chicopee City Council.
The city approved a five-year tax reduction that reduces by 50 percent the taxes on the increased value of the hotel in fiscal 2019. Through 2023, the amount will reduce by 10 percent each year.
The Patels also own and operate a Residence Inn by Marriott and the Hampton Inn by Hilton in Chicopee.
Chicopee is next to Springfield, Massachusetts.