North Point Hospitality of Atlanta, Georgia, held a ceremonial ground breaking on March 20 at the site of a planned Hampton Inn & Suites in midtown Atlanta. Present during the event were, from left, Mike Renier, senior vice president commercial real estate at Fifth Third Bank; Bill Fortier, senior vice president, development, Americas, at Hilton Worldwide; S. Jay Patel, president and CEO of North Point Hospitality; Randy Koporc, regional president at Fifth Third Bank; Whip Triplett, executive vice president at North Point Hospitality; Perry Quick, senior vice president at Fifth Third Bank; and Matt Wehling, senior vice president of U.S. and Canada development at Hilton.

North Point Hospitality of Atlanta, Georgia, plans to build $52 million Hampton Inn & Suites in its own backyard.

The development company, headed by S. Jay Patel, on March 20 held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site in midtown Atlanta. The 186-room, 20-story hotel is going up on a corner lot across from a MARTA Station.

Expected to open in the first quarter of 2020, the select-service hotel, a Hilton brand, will feature a unique design that places the lobby and front desk on the 20th floor where an indoor/outdoor rooftop bar and lounge will share the space with a view of the city.

“Breaking ground at this site continues our long-standing partnership with one of the strongest brands in the world, Hampton by Hilton,” said Patel, president and CEO of North Point Hospitality.

“Jay and I have worked on numerous outstanding Hilton projects together and we are very excited to partner with him and his team,” said Bill Fortier, senior vice president, development, Americas, Hilton Worldwide. “We continue to be impressed with Jay’s vision to push the boundaries of the Hampton brand’s design as this hotel will be one of few properties in the nation to feature a top-floor check in experience, fitness center, breakfast area, and indoor/outdoor patio and bar.”

The $52 million Hampton Inn & Suites Midtown Atlanta will place its front desk, lobby, bar and lounge on the 20th floor.

In 2013, North Point Hospitality developed the first dual-branded hotel in Georgia in midtown Atlanta. In 2015, it sold the 228-room Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites by Hilton Atlanta Midtown to Carey Watermark Investors.

The company has developed and owns hotels in Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. It is building a $140 million tri-branded hotel in Nashville. The AC Hotels/Residence Inn/SpringHill Suites by Marriott Nashville Downtown is expected to open in early fall.

During the March 20 event, North Point Hospitality added $25,000 to the North Point Hospitality Scholarship in the School of Hospitality, Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.