Hyatt Place breaks ground in Cedar Park

Representatives from the city of Cedar Park and the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce attended a ground breaking for Hyatt Place on New Hope Drive on July 11.

Representatives from the city of Cedar Park and the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce attended a ground breaking for Hyatt Place on New Hope Drive on July 11.

The Hyatt Place Cedar Park hotel will soon start to take shape, as indicated by a ground breaking ceremony Tuesday morning.

Located at 1315 E. New Hope Drive near Toll 183A, the hotel is expected to have 137 rooms and 3,200 square feet of meeting space with “all the other attributes that go with it,” said Paul Barham, CEO of Harrell Hospitality Group.

Harrell Hospitality Group is part of SRH Hospitality, which works in hotel management and development services. The Cedar Park project is estimated to cost $19 million, and Barham said the developers are excited to be in Cedar Park.

“We saw in this community not only quality of development but also quality of people,” he said. “Everybody that we interfaced with in this community said, ‘There’s an opportunity here; it’s a very progressive city.’”

The ground breaking was attended by representatives from the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce, SRH Hospitality, Mayor Matt Powell and City Council Member Cobby Caputo.

Powell said the corner of New Hope and Toll 183A is a great location for development.

“I’m amazed that it’s gone undeveloped this long,” Powell said. “For us, we’re not only getting another hotel; we’re getting a Hyatt flag, and that’s another seal of approval on the city.”

Brian Fisher, co-chairman of the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, said the hotel “is another sign that Cedar Park is becoming the destination it was always meant to be.” The ambassadors serve as Chamber of Commerce representatives and attend events such as ribbon cuttings, ground breakings and grand openings.

Barham said the company expects to open the hotel by summer 2018.

“The only thing I like better than a ground breaking is a ribbon cutting, so we’re looking forward to that,” Powell said.