Howard Group has announced plans to develop an 84-room, five-story Hyatt Place hotel in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin.

The project team and local dignitaries recently attended the ground-breaking ceremony at the hotel’s future site at the west end of the town center. Howard Hospitality, a division of Howard Group specializing in hotel management, will manage Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard. The project will bring an estimated 100 construction and hotel operation jobs to Walton County. It is projected to open in late 2018.

“Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard is a great example of our continued focus on growing premium hotels that will attract business and leisure travelers alike,” said Jason Gregorek, vice president of real estate and development for Hyatt. “I want to offer my congratulations and thanks to everyone at Howard Group and Howard Hospitality who collaborated with us in order to bring this development to fruition.”

Hyatt Place Sandestin is the first Hyatt branded hotel in the South Walton area. Howard Hospitality is collaborating with HVS Design, a Maryland-based interior design firm specializing in the hospitality industry, to design the hotel interior. Paying homage to South Walton’s flourishing arts and culture community, the hotel will feature a custom-designed theme of local artwork that will be a focal point in the lobby and continue throughout the common areas. The hotel will also feature more than 1,600 square feet of continuous and versatile meeting space for up to 100 people.

“The Hyatt Place brand is a natural fit and distinctive addition to Grand Boulevard’s Town Center," said Karen McNevin, vice president of hospitality and human resources for Howard Group. "Hyatt Place hotels offer travelers a combination of stylish design, convenient amenities, forward-thinking technology, and thoughtful service.”