Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, owned and operated by the Forest County Potawatomi Community, announced its intentions to construct a second hotel tower at its Milwaukee property. Construction on the $80 million dollar addition will begin later this year pending application approval by the city.

The second tower will house 119 additional rooms and suites, bringing the hotel's total room count to 500. The 180,000-square-foot addition will also feature a spa and additional meeting space.

The new addition is expected to open in the spring of 2019.

"The Forest County Potawatomi have committed to investing in Milwaukee,” said Potawatomi Hotel & Casino COO Rodney Ferguson. “Aside from accommodating our guests, the project will create hundreds of jobs on the construction site and dozens of permanent positions within the hotel.”

It is anticipated that 50 permanent hotel jobs will be created as part of the project. The property currently employs nearly 2,700 people, making it a top 25 employer in the Milwaukee area.

The project is also expected to spur additional revenue for the city and county of Milwaukee, VISIT Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin from property, sales, exposition and personal income taxes.