Holiday Inn Express breaks ground

Holiday Inn Express breaks groundThe construction crew from Gilliam & Sons breaks ground on a Holiday Inn Express development across the street from Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. The Ridgecrest Planning Commission approved the project, which includes a four-story, 103-room hotel and a pad for additional retail development, in the summer of 2018. Developer Daljinder Chauhan of Bakersfield anticipates the project will take 15 months to complete. City officials are predicting an increased demand on hotel rooms when the earthquake recovery efforts begin at China Lake. Although that work has been stalled during COVID-19 lockdowns, the project is expected to last three to five years and bring thousands of contractors and other workers into the valley. — Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2020-04-17