CORNING - Work on the Hilton Garden Inn is nearing completion, and the hotel is expected to open in early-to-mid July.

Officials said Riverside Drive, from Ferris to Warren streets, will be closed to traffic until June 29, as crews upgrade utility work to the hotel and complete concrete work on the damaged roadways.

“I’m very excited about the project coming to completion,” said Betsey Hale, president of Three Rivers Development Corp. “This is another great opportunity for our tourists and our business travelers to be located close to the downtown and right off the Gaffer District.”

City Manager Mark Ryckman called the $20 million hotel a valuable project that will give an important boost to the city’s Northside and the city as a whole.

“It’s great to see this project nearing completion,” Ryckman said.

Hale said the location of the hotel will allow tourists and business travelers to walk or bike to the downtown area and enjoy not only the amenities of the Greater Finger Lakes, but the City of Corning and Market Street.

The 125-room Hilton Garden Inn hotel will feature a restaurant, a fitness center, an indoor pool and meeting rooms, and is expected to hire 40 to 50 employees. It will replace the former Days Inn Hotel, which sat at the same location for about 25 years before being demolished in 2014.

The hotel project was delayed in late May of 2015 by the state Department of Environmental Conservation after manufacturing waste was found in the soil underneath the former Days Inn.

The waste was removed a site and a management plan was approved by the DEC in early 2017 and work at the site restarted after a 21-month wait.

Property owner Kerry Fitzpatrick could not be reached for comment.