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The coronavirus has not stopped plans for a downtown Marriott SpringHill Suites, but it has pushed back the construction schedule a few months.
Posh Hospitality plans to start construction this year, said Dan Scott, general manager for the company.
"We are planning still to continue moving forward," Scott said last week while discussing the impact of coronavirus on the hotel industry. "We are going to delay construction a few more months."
Posh Hospitality had planned to begin construction this spring after getting a $5 million incentive package from the city. The company plans to add two stories to the old Barrett's Hardware store and convert it into an 82-room all-suites hotel with restaurant and bar, a project estimated to cost $18.7 million.
Many construction projects have continued. But much of the SpringHill Suites project will involve indoor renovations that may have to wait for coronavirus restrictions to loosen up.
"It's hard to get people to work in construction with social distancing standards," Scott said
Posh Hospitality has three hotels in Joliet, and hours for staff had been cut as the company deals with occupancy rates that, Scott said, have dropped to an average of 20% due to of the impact of coronavirus.