A North Dakota hospitality corporation plans to construct a 93-room lodging facility in Plain Township, near Interstate 77.
A North Dakota hotel developer plans to build a 93-room hotel in the 3800 block of Everhard Road NW.
TMI Hospitality of Fargo, N.D., will put their Staybridge Suites on the 2.7-acre site where the former Burger King restaurant sits east of Whipple Avenue NW.
“We are targeting to open in spring of 2014,” said Laura Bourdon, public relations officer for TMI Hospitality. “My guess would be spring of 2013 is when we would break ground. We don’t talk specifics, but it is a multimillion dollar-building project.”
This four-story facility will have a swimming pool but no lounge or restaurant.
“It is a good thing from our perspective,” township Trustee Scott Haws said. “One of the sources of revenue for the township is the (hotel) bedroom tax. It is a much more productive use for that property than a dilapidated Burger King.”
TMI Hospitality already operates two lodging facilities nearby. They are Fairfield Inn and Residence Inn, both in the 5200 block of Broadmoor Circle NW atop a nearby hill.
“We do have one of the most experienced development teams in the hospitality industry,” Bourdon said. “We wouldn’t go into a market where we didn’t feel confident about our success. A property like that would probably have about 40 employees. And those would be full- and part-time positions.”
According to TMI Hospitality’s website, the corporation operates more than 20 lodging facilities in Ohio.
The Staybridge Suites will be “more of an extended-stay brand,” Bourdon said. “It is for guests who are going to be in town for a week at a time. They are all suites. It is more than a hotel room. This has a separate sitting area, a full kitchen.”
The area where Staybridge Suites will go is highly commercial zone near the Westfield Belden Village mall. There are 10 hotels in that area with quick access to nearby Interstate 77.
“In Stark County there area about 2,600 (hotel rooms),” said John Kiste, executive director of the Canton Stark County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “I would say 75 to 80 percent are in that area. Right now, some of the hotels in that area are 90 percent capacity.”