Abilene construction literally on the rise - hotel tower alters skyline

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A view from the First Financial Building of the crane tower being erected Friday in the downtown hotel construction zone.
A view from the First Financial Building of the crane tower being erected Friday in the downtown hotel construction zone.

The downtown Abilene skyline was expected to change with the construction of a seven-story hotel.

It changed Friday.

A crane positioned a tower at the site between North Fifth and Sixth streets, causing passersby to look up. The project suggests how the open space might look in spring 2023, when the DoubleTree by Hilton is finished.

Ground was broken in October, with construction starting soon after.

The hotel is going up on the south side of the Abilene Convention Center to better equip the city for major convention and other events.

It will have six levels of hotel rooms atop the ground floor. The hotel will feature meeting and dining areas and a pool.

Cost is near $83 million.

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Construction workers secure the top section of the steel tower Friday that will support a large crane used to build the downtown hotel. The crew was working at least 300 feet above the ground.
Construction workers secure the top section of the steel tower Friday that will support a large crane used to build the downtown hotel. The crew was working at least 300 feet above the ground.

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