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Railroad Square businesses look forward to economic boost with new Hyatt House Hotel

Posted at 6:36 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 17:03:56-05

TALLAHASSEE,Fla. (WTXL) — An economic boost is coming to Tallahassee's Railroad Square.

Businesses in the area hope this could make up for what was lost in 2020.

The doors to the Hyatt House Hotel will open in a month and management says they are starting slow with a team of 20 to open, but within about six months more jobs are expected to be created.

Construction of the hotel started in 2019 and it's scheduled to finish on time despite the pandemic.

At the center of both Universities, business owners think this will be the gateway to the art district, driving more tourists to the area and eventually becoming a hub like College Town for students.

The hotel is investing in businesses in the district by showcasing the art of owner of Foto Studios Katie Clark in all 120 of their rooms.

"The fact that they tried to incorporate local art in business, I'm just speechless. It's such an honor for us to be included in this project," said Clark.

More than 50 artists applied to have their art displayed.