The Falcon Airport area in northeast Mesa is getting a long-awaited hotel.
The groundbreaking for the new Home2 Suites by Hilton was held on Oct. 2. This extended stay hotel is being built next to the Longbow Golf Course, near Recker Road and the Red Mountain Loop 202.
“This is a great day for Mesa. This is a great celebration and a milestone for this submarket that unfortunately has not received a lot of attention over the years,” said Jon Green, senior vice president of Concord Eastridge, Inc., the hotel’s developer.
The 64,000 square-foot hotel will be four-stories tall and will have 111 rooms. There will be both studios and one-bedroom suites, in addition to full-size kitchens.
The hotel is designed for travelers preferring to maintain their normal routines, with what Hilton describes as “lifestyle-focused amenities.”
These amenities include a laundry and fitness area, complimentary breakfast, plus a business center and workspace areas.
The area where the hotel is being built is growing substantially. Longbow Marketplace, a nearby shopping center was recently built and family entertainment center FatCats began construction earlier this year.
There are currently eight other Home2 Suites in Arizona.
“Look around, do a 360 assessment of this piece of dirt. Obviously, we’re adjacent to a beautiful golf course, adjacent to the 202 freeway, adjacent to an amazing airport and to Boeing,” said Mesa Mayor John Giles.
Concord Eastridge is a Scottsdale-based mixed-use real estate developer, which worked alongside Longbow Golf Course on this project. Green said they hope to see a large amount of business from visitors to the golf course due to their close proximity. He said this project is part of a community effort.
“This was absolutely a community outreach. We spent months and months reaching out and understanding the demands of the Falcon District. We read your comments on Nextdoor about finding hospitality options for relatives,” Green said.
Mesa Councilmember David Luna, who represents the district that includes the Falcon Airport area, said residents have been asking for a hotel for “years and years” and that he is excited to see one finally come to the area.
“I know that residents who live at Las Sendas, as well as Red Mountain Ranch, and throughout District 5, are truly excited about this wonderful hotel,” he said.
Giles said the hotel will be in the “perfect location because of its proximity to one of the largest employers in Mesa, The Boeing Company.
“Boeing has been begging for this for decades,” Giles said.
Allen+Philip will be handling the architecture, while the Porter Brothers will be the general contractor for the project. Landstone Companies and Somera Capital Management are some of the partners on the project, while Quorum Hotels and Resorts will be operating the hotel.
“It’s going to be keeping with the desert landscape design, it’s going to blend seamlessly with the golf course, and with the trails around here,” said Matthew Kosednar, a senior architect and partner at Allen-Philp Architects.
Home2 Suites by Hilton was founded in 2010 and has almost 300 hotels across the United States.
Kosednar said they expect the project to be completed in 12 to 14 months.
Giles expressed his hope that the hotel will be ready for guests to check-in as soon as possible.
“If we could get 12 months from now, we’d really appreciate that,” he said. “It’d be a great time to invite your aunts and uncles from Minnesota to come to Arizona.”
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