MANCHESTER — Two proposed hotels — one in the Millyard and another downtown — soon will kick off construction.

The hotels will offer a combined 250 rooms — matching the number of rooms at the recently rebranded DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown hotel on Elm Street located between the two hotel sites.

A 126-room Tru by Hilton hotel with a parking garage will be built near North Commercial and Spring streets.

“Any day for start,” for excavation, said developer Peter Flotz, who declined to say when he expects it to open.

Across the street from the SNHU Arena, a Residence Inn by Marriott will break ground on Lake Avenue on March 1, according to Anthony Librot, chief finance officer at AAM 15 Management, based in Burlington, Mass.

“We are estimating heads in beds in June 2020,” he said.

That four-story hotel will feature 123 rooms with an estimated price tag of between $25 million and $30 million.

Last June, Librot predicted construction would start that summer with an opening date by mid- to late-summer in 2019 to take advantage of visitors leading up to the nation’s first presidential primary in early 2020.

“It’s a little bit slower than we would have liked,” Librot said. “We’re breaking ground a little bit late, but some things are unavoidable.”

He declined to say what caused the delay of the project, which began with a different developer.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment on Thursday approved a variance for parking.

Pamela Goucher, the city’s deputy director of planning and zoning, said plans initially were to merge multiple property lots.

“They now are looking to keep the lots separate, creating a lot with the hotel on it and a separate lot for the parking spaces,” she said. “That triggered some zoning issues.”

Flotz’s hotel also has seen delays of the $27 million project. He faced delays while working to figure out how to pay for higher than expected costs for removing toxic soils and fill from the site.

In 2015, Flotz said he hoped the hotel, then pegged as a Hyatt hotel, could be completed by summer 2017.

mcousineau@unionleader.com