If the construction of hotel properties is any indication of the economic growth in Benton Harbor, this article from Moody on the Market let’s you know business is good. By this time next year there will be over 900 rooms in Benton Harbor between exits 28 and 29 on I-94. You can begin reading the article here:
When the new Springhill Suites Hotel on Cinema Way in Benton Charter Township opened up for business this past winter, construction was already underway for the new Staybridge Inn & Suites going up right next-door. Both of them are directly across the street from the Hilton Garden Inn. If you thought that would be the end of the creation of new lodging in that neighborhood, you couldn’t have been more wrong.
Last fall I noticed that the land immediately adjacent to the forthcoming Staybridge Inn & Suites was clear-cut of trees and shrubs not long after the Staybridge property had been cleared. I reached out to Benton Township Building Inspector Tom Baldwin, curious as to what might be planned for that newly plowed ground. He told me at that time that Sam Sandia — owner of both the Springhill and Staybridge properties was planning a third major hotel on that strip between Staybridge and Family Farm & Home behind Wal-Mart.