LANCASTER – Two three-story hotels will be built adjacent to Clear Channel Stadium, Lancaster officials and project partners announced Friday. Hilton Family and K-Partners Hospitality Group LP said the 86-room Hampton Inn and Suites and a 93-room Homewood Suites are expected to start construction this year just south of the stadium and be completed in mid-2007. “We are confident in the continuation of the boom the Antelope Valley has experienced in the last few years and look forward to working closely with the city of Lancaster to achieve our mutual goals,” said Tim Sanford, chief operating officer of K-Partners. The hotels will be built on nine acres owned by the city’s redevelopment agency. Negotiations for the sale of the land are in progress and are expected to be completed in about 30 to 50 days, city officials said. After the hotels are built, a study will be done to determine whether a full-service hotel, such as a Hilton or a Doubletree, will be built, said Gregory Francois, vice president, franchise development, western region for Hilton Hotels Corporation. “It shows the growth and maturity of Lancaster as a community,” Francois said of the project. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “This is a major development for us,” said Mayor Frank Roberts. “It’s a feather in our cap to be chosen to be a partner with them.” The hotels will help Lancaster in its efforts to attract restaurants and other businesses to the area known as Front Row Center, which includes the Cinemark 22, the stadium and a future Johnny Rebs’ restaurant, City Manager Bob LaSala said. LaSala said Lancaster needs more hotels as the result of growth in the region’s industry and from the sports tourism attracted through softball and soccer tournaments at its city parks. Antelope Valley hotels can fill up with out-of-town players and their families on weekends when major youth or adult tournaments are going on. The Hampton Inn will contain roughly 50,000 square feet of space on its three floors and the Homewood will be about 60,000 square feet. The combined development is expected to cost roughly $18.7 million. Homewood Suites is geared toward upscale, extended-stay travelers. Hamptons are geared toward business and leisure travelers. Both hotel chains are owned by Hilton.