After several years of setbacks, officials are now moving forward with the Fairfield Inn & Suites project in Yankton
Dirt work for the hotel in the parking lot of the Yankton Mall started in late 2017 but came to a halt when the snow arrived. Expectations were that work would resume the following spring and the property would be finished near the end of 2018. However, work did not resume on the property due to several financing issues.
Slowey Management took over leadership on the project last year, and Project Director Tim Rutjes says that they are officially moving forward on the hotel project, starting next week. The city will be closing 21st Street starting Tuesday in order to bring sewer and water lines to the proposed hotel. Rutjes adds that the environment for hotel development has been a challenge during COVID, so even though the process to take over this project has taken longer than expected, they are incredibly excited to finally be taking steps to bring this new property to Yankton.
Yankton Public Works Director Adam Haberman says the street will be removed, in order to install new water and sewer service lines. Drivers that typically travel on 21st Street, may utilize either 15th Street or 23rd Street, as a detour route. The closure is expected to be in place until Tuesday, August 10th. He says there should not be any water interruption to area businesses during the project, including Fryn Pan.
The 72-room Fairfield Inn & Suites will have an indoor pool, guest laundry, a fitness room, meeting space and a breakfast area. The Yankton location will be developed under the name Frontier Lodging of Yankton.