County Digs In On Convention Center Hotel In WPB

Palm Beach County officials broke ground Friday, Dec. 6 on the new convention center hotel.

Opening in the fall of 2015, the 400-room hotel will help attract the kind of large conventions the facility has been missing out on since opening.

Joining the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners and Mayor Priscilla Taylor were Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO of Discover Palm Beach County; County Administrator Robert Weisman; West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio; Related Companies Chairman Stephen M. Ross; Related Urban President and CEO Kenneth A. Himmel; Senior Vice President of Operations for Hilton Worldwide Ted Ratcliff; and many other project stakeholders.

The over $100 million project is being developed by Related Companies, the firm that developed and owns CityPlace across the street. The hotel will offer 400 guest rooms, two ballrooms, eight conference rooms, and a restaurant and bar. Palm Beach County has invested $27 million in the project. Over the next two years, it will create 997 permanent jobs and 560 construction-related jobs.

ABOVE: Stakeholders gather to break ground on the hotel.