Upper Darby to get two new hotels

Two new hotels are coming to Upper Darby, township officials announced Tuesday.

A Comfort Suites and a Holiday Inn are scheduled to break ground this year, becoming the first brand names to open in the Delaware County township. 

“The decision by two major hotel chains to open establishments here in Upper Darby is another example of our success in attracting new businesses to the township,” Mayor Thomas Micozzie said in a statement. He called the deals a "major win" for the township.

The Township Council approved a land-development application for the Holiday Inn last Wednesday and expects to meet on the Comfort Suites project in February.

The planned 100-room, six-story Holiday Inn will be next to the Drexelbrook Catering & Special Events Center at 4700 Drexelbrook Dr.  Micozzi said the project is expected to create 150 to 160 jobs during the yearlong construction.  Once completed, the hotel will generate 31 full-time and 37 part-time jobs. 

The Comfort Suites hotel will retrofit an existing four-story apartment building at 130 Garrett Rd., next to the Township Municipal Building.  

“The proposed location of the Comfort Suites was clearly driven by its proximity to the 69th Street Transit Hub, as well as the Tower Theater, which is a popular concert destination,” Micozzie said.  “This fits in well with our long-term efforts to rejuvenate the 69th Street Business Corridor.”

In 2015, Studio Movie Grill opened a $6 million state-of-the-art digital theater complex with nine theaters and 900 reclining seats.  H&M, Gap, Old Navy, Fresh Grocer, Ross, and Burlington Coat Factory also have opened in the 69th Street area in recent years.