RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Despite opposition from businesses in the tri-cities, a massive hotel will break ground at Fort Lee Friday.
The Army had to jump through many hurdles to get to this point.
Small retailers and hotels in the area think the new 1,000 room hotel will result in the loss of jobs.
But the Army doesn't think that will happen.
Even though it will be the largest hotel in the area, Fort Lee reports more hotels - off-post - will be needed to handle the expansion that will include thousands of military students coming to Fort Lee for training.
The hotel is going to be seven stories high and will be ready in 2012.
Construction will cost the Army $120 million.
Fort Lee began working on the lodging facility seven years ago.
An environmental assessment and approval from the federal government was needed before this project was given the green light.
The ground-breaking ceremony begins at 9 a.m. at Fort Lee.