City celebrates Washington Square hotel as latest piece of economic development puzzle

City officials joined with representatives from First Bristol Corporation today by Union Station to celebrate a ceremonial groundbreaking for a $21 million Homewood Suites hotel, a Hilton brand building that will bring 118 more hotel rooms to Worcester and, according to city officials, will link downtown to Shrewsbury Street and the Canal District, meshing with numerous other projects in the area.

“Like the Mercantile Center, I see this project as the result of the massive investment and years of work on the CitySquare project,” Mayor Joe Petty said. “And as CitySquare continues to move towards its own groundbreaking, I expect more development to build around this effort.”