Groundbreaking to be held on entertainment district, hotel

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The long-awaited groundbreaking on Birmingham's new entertainment district and hotel will happen on Monday. Mayor William Bell, city council members and BJCC officials will break ground on the $50 million Westin Hotel and $20 million entertainment complex slated to be built next to the Southeastern Conference Headquarters Building.

The 300 new hotel rooms will give the city more than 1,000 hotel rooms downtown. That is considered a key benchmark for convention planners when they are looking at possible locations for big events.

The complex is supposed to take about 18 months to build. It is scheduled to open around October 2012.

The groundbreaking will take place at 11:00 a.m.

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