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East Bank welcomes new hotel, renovated bridge

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The five-story, 136-room Hilton Garden Inn is now ready for guests.

"It's been a long process, a lot of people have gotten us to where we are today," said Jennifer Seifert-Brenna, VP of Hospitality Operations for Hegg Companies. "We feel very comfortable with where we're at. We're excited to bring people in and have them see our restaurant and bar and stay in our facility."

The hotel is the latest in a string of development along the Big Sioux River's East Bank. It's supposed to remind you of the nature outside its doors.

"We brought the outdoors in and the indoors out. We tried to make it seamless with a lot of windows," said Seifert-Brenna.

If guests want to meander across the river to check out Downtown shops and restaurants, their walk just got easier. The newly renovated 100-year-old railroad bridge is no re-opened.

"The reality though is that there's a lot of life left in it. And, we're excited to be able to tap into the life that the bridge still has," said Don Kearney the city's Director of Parks and Recreation.

The bridge features new security lighting, new railings, a soon-to-be installed ramp, and it will no illuminate at night with new accent lighting.

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