Redevelopment in the City of Jamestown is booming, highlighted by the  opening of the new National Comedy Center last month.  In about 60 days, another major project will be completed.

It's the re-birth of an important downtown building. The building will become the new Hilton DoubleTree Hotel, located in the heart of downtown.

The building was constructed in the 1960s as a Holiday Inn.  It later became a Ramada, and eventually became empty.   The Hamister Group purchased the building at auction.  Now, the once-vacant hotel is being completely renovated.

The company is contracting locally for labor and products. For example, all the furniture for the hotel rooms is being manufactured at Artone Furniture by Design, located less than two miles from the hotel.

"We like to see the local pride in our projects.  We were especially blessed that there was a furniture manufacturer here in Jamestown.  That's rare to find in the communities in which you are developing,” said Mark Hamister, CEO, Hamister Group.


The contract for the furniture is about $600,000. The new hotel will have 149 rooms, plus a restaurant, banquet facilities, and conference space.