OXFORD — Construction has started on a new hotel across the street from the Oxford Casino.

State and local officials, business leaders and the project’s developer gathered Wednesday to celebrate the groundbreaking. The project is the town’s biggest since the casino opened three years ago and it is hoped it will help draw visitors to the casino.

The Hampton Inn will take about a year to build. It will cost $12 million and employ more than 50 people.

The 93-room hotel is being built by Giri Hotel Management, which runs hotels in five other Maine communities.

A restaurant and retail space are also planned at the site.