Hilton Garden Inn will be built just off the square

A ground breaking ceremony for the downtown Ocala hotel will be held at 9:30 a.m. March 23, hotelier Danny Gaekwad has announced.

Gaekwad is developing a five-story, 107-room Hilton Garden Inn just off the downtown square. He said Gov. Rick Scott and other “prominent Florida leaders” will attend the ceremony.

The hotel and mixed-use development will be a key part of the rejuvenated downtown Ocala. In the past, Gaekwad has said construction should take 15 to 18 months.