Groundbreaking for new Leavenworth hotel

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday for the new Home2 Suites by Hilton in downtown Leavenworth. The extended-stay hotel will be built on a two-acre site on Third and Delaware streets. Construction is under way of the 107-room property. The grand opening is scheduled for October 2017. Leavenworth Mayor Larry Dedeke was among the dignitaries at the groundbreaking, along with Michael Mullenix, CEO and founder of Equis Hotels, LLC.