Proposals for a pair of hotels west of Interstate 270 in Hilliard are scheduled to be reconsidered June 14 by the Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission.
Each application was tabled May 10.
InterContinental Hotels Group, whose brands include Holiday Inn Express, wants to build an Avid Hotel at the former McDonald’s site at the northeast corner of Cemetery Road and Lyman Drive.
Heidi Rose of Bird+Bull, a civil-engineering firm representing InterContinental Hotels Group, asked for the application to be tabled after several members of the commission criticized the austere design of the hotel.
“I think it looks institutional (and) sterile. ... This is the gateway to our city,” commission member Bill Uttley said.
Commission member Chris Lewie concurred.
“The idea is fantastic but I’m hung up on the design,” said Lewie, adding he would turn down the proposal if it were put to a vote May 10.
Chairman Scott Movshin said the hotel “is the first thing you see” coming into Hilliard from I-270 and its current design “was different” than the surrounding architecture.
“Let’s take some time to get the vision of IHG and the vision of Hilliard to come together,” Movshin said.
Commission members suggested using stone or other natural material on at least the ground floor of the hotel to set it apart from the stucco construction material, but Bruce Brotherton of WB Services, architects of the hotel, said the proposed design was the “modern look” IHG desired for a “new generation” of guests.
Still, owner Raju Teli said, he would collaborate with IHG to determine if any changes could be made to accommodate the requests before the June 14 meeting.
Originally submitted as a 4-story, 87-room hotel, the proposal was adjusted to allow for 92 rooms, city planner John Talentino said, and city official are “comfortable” with a lower-than-usual parking-to-room ratio because of the popularity of Uber and similar transportation by guests.
The other hotel application was postponed May 10 without discussion.
At the advance request of the applicant, commission members tabled until June 14 the proposal from Tru by Hilton to build a 4-story, 97-room hotel at 3950 Lyman Drive, on the west side of the Hampton Inn & Suites at the same address.
Tru by Hilton is seeking approval of a lot split, a sign package and a site plan for the construction of the hotel.
The lot split would create a new address for the hotel, Talentino said.
The application was introduced April 12 and postponed to May 10.
A third hotel in the Cemetery Road corridor west of I-270 already has received approval from the commission and now is going before Hilliard City Council.
A $12.6 million, 94-room TownePlace Suites, a Marriott brand, would be built by Innsight Hospitality LLC on about a third of a 5.6-acre lot at the former site of JD Equipment, 4079 Lyman Drive, according to David Meadows, the city’s economic-development director. The remainder would be open for commercial development, he said.
On April 12, planning-and-zoning commission members recommended approval of a rezoning and lot split for the site, and on May 14, City Council introduced an ordinance rezoning the lot to a planned-unit development.
The rezoning is necessary both to build the hotel and subsequent commercial development, Meadows said. A user for the commercial portion of the land has not been identified, he said.
The TownePlace Suites project also could receive a tax incentive via the Community Reinvestment Act, Meadows said.
A CRA resolution was tabled May 14 by City Council so it could considered June 25, the same day as the expected third and final reading of the rezoning ordinance.
The CRA would provide a 10-year property-tax abatement that would be 75 percent for the first five years and 50 percent for the latter five in exchange for the hotel including a public meeting room to accommodate a minimum of 50 people and the hotel meeting minimum employment requirements, according to the legislation.