WESTLAKE, Ohio – Emerald Hospitality Associates, Inc., is proud to announce the groundbreaking of the Hampton Inn by Hilton to be built in Madison, Ohio, east of Cleveland. JCI Contractors out of Ashtabula will serve as the general contractor for the project, a 54,000-square-foot hotel that will occupy two acres and feature an indoor pool, fitness center, and meeting room. It is expected to be completed by late spring of 2019. Madison Village Administrator Dwayne Bailey said the new hotel — as well as a partnership between Lake and Ashtabula counties — is important for the village, the region and the area’s tourism growth. Emerald Hospitality Associates, out of Westlake, will manage the hotel on behalf of Vineyard Hotel Group, LLC, which will own it. James Gerish, President of Emerald, said he was excited to see more than 60 people show up for the event. “We have 24 hotels and we have another two underway,” he said, adding, “We are really looking forward to being a good citizen here.” Madison Village Council President Duane Frager said seeds planted five years ago helped pave the way for the hotel construction. “We wanted to open the door and show the world what a great story Madison is,” he said.