A dual-flag hotel will begin construction on a prime corner of downtown Tampa's Channel district in early 2018.
The nine-story hotel, which will carry the Hampton Inn by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton flags, will have 213 guest rooms and include a ground-floor Starbucks. It will be built on a currently vacant parcel at 1155 E. Kennedy Blvd., which is just under an acre.
Plans for the hotel first went public in December 2016.
Liberty Group, the Tampa-based developer of the project, secured a $24.3…