Developers and city officials will break ground on a downtown hotel on Monday. The hotel has been a much-anticipated project and one that will define a major turning point for downtown Morganton, according to a release from the city. Morganton Lodging Associates LP is developing the project. The group is made up of local and regional investors, but is led by developers David Bennett of Morganton and Michael Kren of Charlotte. Both men also are owners of Fonta Flora Brewery, which is located across and just down from the property where the hotel will be located, as well as other ventures, according to the release. The city release said the groundbreaking on Monday will be the culmination of more than three years of work to bring it to fruition.