Construction has started on Mantra’s new  $70 million hotel in Epping.

The hotel, which is expected to open in mid-2019, is being built at 250 Cooper Street as part of the Northpoint Enterprise Park.

The four-star hotel will have 214 hotel and apartment-style rooms, a cafe, brewhouse, conference space, gym and a carpark with 143 spaces.

Developer Too Build said the hotel has been designed to capitalise on the history of the northern suburbs.

The project is expected to create 300 jobs during construction and 120 jobs once the hotel opens.

Managing director Ian Wilson said the hotel was in a prime location.

“The location of the hotel, right near Melbourne’s new wholesale fruit, vegetable and cut flower market and the Northern Hospital, means the hotel will be well utilised in the area,” he said.

Mantra group chief executive Bob East said it was hoped the hotel would boost tourism, jobs and investment in the northern suburbs.

“The investment in this development is a powerful statement of confidence in the future prosperity of Melbourne,” he said.

“What’s exciting to me is creating something I know the local community, traders and residents alike, will really want to spend time in whether they have guests staying at the hotel or not.

“Mantra Epping will become a proud part of the local community and a favourite meeting spot.”

The hotel is the second under construction in Epping. Earlier this year, Quest began building its apartment hotel at Pacific Epping.