The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency announced that construction of the new Fairfield Inn hotel in Delray Beach is officially underway. A groundbreaking ceremony took place on February 12. The hotel is expected to be open for business in late 2014. “This is great news for downtown Delray,” said Diane Colonna, CRA Executive Director. “Providing visitors additional hotel options gives us the opportunity to expand our tourist base, and potentially extend a business or vacation traveler’s stay.” The 95-room hotel will create more than 30 full time jobs and enhance retail activity in the western corridor of Atlantic Avenue, just east of I-95. The developers, Hollywood, Fla. based Prime Investors & Developers, are actively hiring local businesses and subcontractors throughout the construction In addition to making the land available to the developer through a long-term land lease, the CRA is contributing a $1.5 million construction loan, and a $332,348 Development Infrastructure Assistance (DIA) grant to the project. Located on West Atlantic Ave, between SW 9th Avenue and SW 10th Avenue, the hotel is a half-mile from several downtown restaurants and retail stores. The hotel will include a limited service café, swimming pool, fitness center and meeting rooms, as well as convenient on-site parking. For hotel contracting and employment opportunities, visit www.fairfieldinndelray.com. For more information about the Delray Beach CRA, call 561.276.8640. To learn more about other CRA projects and initiatives, visit www.delraycra.org.