South Middleton hotel plan

This land development plan provides information on a proposed hotel at Commerce Avenue and Allen Road in South Middleton Township.

After approving a conditional use request a few weeks ago for one commercial development plan off Allen Road and the Interstate 81 exchange, South Middleton Township supervisors will consider a preliminary final land development plan proposed across the street.

Akash Patel & Associates will present a plan for a hotel at Thursday night’s meeting at the South Middleton Township building on Park Drive in Boiling Springs.

The company received conditional use approval last summer for a hotel and restaurant. Supervisor Tom Faley said Wednesday that the plan before supervisors Thursday night is only for the hotel.

Faley said the developer indicated to the township that once a restaurant is found to fill the available space in the plan, it will return to the township with an updated development plan with notes on the restaurant.

Due to the restrictions placed on the conditional use approval, the developer only has three years from that approval last year to include a restaurant in the development plan.

While the developer continues to seek a tenant for a possible restaurant, South Middleton supervisors will consider plans for the hotel, which the developer indicated would be a Holiday Inn Express, Faley said.

The 3.2-acre development plan calls for an 85-room hotel that will have an entrance and exit off Commerce Avenue, in the township’s industrial district. There is room in the plan, closest to Commerce Avenue, where a restaurant could be placed if those plans come to fruition.

The land development plan was approved by the township planning board 5-0, and Faley said he is interested in seeing this plan and the other commercial development plan move forward.

“To me, for years, that appeared to be an ideal location for this type of activity,” he said, adding that the township mostly got plans for truck terminals instead of hotels and commercial centers. “You have quick access to I-81 — you’re only 200 yards off of the interstate — and you can advertise with signs that you can see from the highway. I don’t know why it took so long (to get these plans).”

Supervisors in May approved a conditional use request for a restaurant, hotel and shopping center that will be built across the street between Alexander Spring Road and the interchange at Allen Road. That proposed project has a 2.46-acre hotel with 106 rooms, 120-seat restaurant and a regional commercial center with possible drive-thrus for businesses.

That hotel plan is set to be a MainStay Suites franchise that will act as an anchor for other businesses, the developer said in May.

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