VIDEO: Westin Wilmington marks construction milestone

50 people gather to mark an important milestone in the construction of the Westin Wilmington Hotel.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

A lot of rain didn't stop construction crews from "topping out" the new 180 room hotel next to the Chase Center.

Under the Americanized Scandinavian tradition, the final steam beam was placed atop the 10-story hotel.

Mike Hare is with the hotel's developer, Buccini Pollin.

"A hotel, which we hope will be a resting place for business travelers and tourists alike and hopefully one that will drive the multi-day business that the Chase Center so richly deserves," says Hare.

Mayor Williams was on-hand, calling it a great day, though he didn't support the hotel during his campaign.

"We made the right decision, even though I was against it, but ya know, sometimes you learn, and I support this project 150 percent," says Mayor Williams.

Guests signed the beam before it was placed atop the environmentally friendly hotel.

"It's symbolic of the notion that together we can accomplish so very much as we have repeatedly here on the Riverfront," says Mike Purzycki, Executive Director of the Riverfront Development Corporation.

The topping out ceremony isn't a ribbon cutting, but it means the hotel can move forward with adding windows and a roof. The hotel hopes to open next year.

"We have a bigger celebration coming in the Spring of 2014," says Hare.

The Westin Wilmington hotel boasts a state-of-the-art fitness center, restaurant and bar, and indoor pool.

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