DeKALB – After gaining the planning commission’s recommendation by the narrowest of margins, a four-story, 90-room hotel proposed for South Annie Glidden Road will go before the City Council on Monday night.
If approved, the proposed 90-room Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel will cover 2.87 acres at the southwest corner of South Annie Glidden and Knolls Avenue South, and will feature an indoor pool, meeting room, and kitchenette; it’s expected to use sustainable materials and power supplies.
The project was recommended with a 3-2 vote by the Planning and Zoning Commission on Aug. 8, despite multiple residents speaking out against it during public comment. The chief concerns voiced were increased traffic, how well a hotel fits into the light commercial zoning for the property and simply the objection to a four-story hotel’s presence in the neighborhood.
“Nobody who lives in this neighborhood would have conceived of a four-story hotel,” resident Steve Brown said during the Aug. 8 meeting.
Commissioners Katharina Barbe and Chairwoman Christina Doe opposed the measure, while commissioners Vicki Buckley, Max Maxwell and David Castro voted in favor. Commissioners Deborah Nier and Jerry Wright were absent.
Pramit Patel, who owns the Hampton Inn on Annie Glidden Road, would manage the new hotel and has said it’s this site or no site.
The hotel is expected to bring in about $200,000 a year in property taxes, and about $150,000 in hotel/motel taxes, according to city documents.
“The proposed hotel will also provide a positive impact on the South Annie Glidden Road corridor,” the agenda reads.
The council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the council chambers at the Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.