GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Medical Mile along Michigan St. near downtown Grand Rapids is certainly helping the area's economy, and Thursday saw a milestone for the first hotel going up in that part of town. The final beam for the 142-room Hampton Inn & Suites under construction was set in place during a morning ceremony.
Construction crews, hotel operators, and developers all signed the beam before it went up.
Third Coast Development partner Max Benedict said it's an important milestone, too, for Medical Mile in general.
"It's really going to put a lot of activity here on the streets of midtown," he said. "We're really excited about how it's going to create a more vibrant neighborhood, the whole Michigan St. corridor here. You're going to see more restaurants popping up."
The $28 million, five-story hotel is scheduled to open in September.