An artist rendering of the new SECO Development hotel in Renton. Provided by MulvannyG2 Architecture.

An artist rendering of the new SECO Development hotel in Renton. Provided by MulvannyG2 Architecture.

It’s isn’t Blue Friday or even a Seahawks game day, but Wednesday will still be a special day in the city of Renton, as a development with a  $180 million luxury hotel-convention center project featuring a nod to the 12th man will break ground on the south end of Lake Washington.

The Hotel at Southport – which features a four-star hotel and a convention center and is expected to bring more than 2,300 jobs to the area – is headed by SECO Development, and is part of the third state of a multi-phase development located on a 17.5-acre site that once housed the Shuffleton Steam Plant. The convention center-hotel will feature 350 rooms, a lakefront restaurant, event space, and 12 floors – the nod to the Seattle Seahawks’ popular 12th man.

The project has been partially funded by the United States Citizen and Immigration Services’ EB-5 program through the Seattle Family Regional Center. The Hotel at Southport is expected to open in 2017.

Attending Wednesday’s 11 a.m. groundbreaking, at 1053 Lake Washington Blvd. N., will be Congressman Adam Smith, Renton Mayor Denis Law, former Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee, and SECO Development Founder Michael Christ, among others. Two Chinese lions will dance and bless the grounds prior to the dignitaries’ speeches.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Conrad Lee as the mayor of Bellevue.