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Planned hotels near SeaWorld, Universal to start construction

Richard Bilbao

The two hotels, as previously reported by OBJ, include a new $40 million Tru by Hilton Convention Center Area property near SeaWorld Orlando (NYSE: SEAS) proposed by Miami-based Epelboim Development Group, and a dual-branded $50 million Staybridge Suites and Even Hotel proposed by Estero-based ComTerra Development Group on 4.5 acres fronting Universal Boulevard near Universal Orlando Resort's future expansion site. The latest activity shows that each has filed for permits for upcoming construction. Here's what each permit application describes: A 288-room Staybridge Suites and Even Hotel and associated infrastructure Proposed commercial 259-room Tru by Hilton hotel located in a master basin.