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Groundbreaking for New Hotel Next to Convention Center in Kennewick

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KENNEWICK, WA - The number of large events held at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick is expected to increase soon.

  Local business leaders and politicians helped break ground on a new hotel next door this morning.

  The new Springhill Suites by Marriott will have 113 guest suites.

  It will actually be connected to the Convention Center by a fully enclosed walkway.

  Speaking to the crowd gathered at the event, Kennewick Mayor Steve Young said, "At a time when many of the areas are struggling, this area continues to grow and in fact has been identified as the fastest growing city in the state. It continues to attract more and more people every day that want to come and see all that we have to offer."

  The owner says the new hotel should be finished in about a year.