Groundbreaking on a downtown hotel appears more and more likely to
take place by July 1 after the city’s Plan Commission Monday night
unanimously approved a conditional use permit to allow construction
to take place on lots 100-106 E. Sumner St.
The CUP was
sought by Brimark Builders who will construct the hotel on behalf of
the Neenah-based Cobblestone Hotels, LLC. A hotel is a use that is
allowed in the B-3 Business District where the property is located,
but a CUP is still needed before construction can begin.
is proposed to build a four-story, 60 room hotel that would include
typical hotel rooms, suites and extended stay rooms. In addition the
hotel will include a restaurant and bar, a meeting room, an exercise
room and a pool. An underground parking garage is not part of the
project’s plans. BriMark Builders President Jeremy Griesbach said
he’s excited about the Hartford project because he graduated from
Hartford Union High School about 25 years ago.
“We have hotels
all across the country, but this project will be our sixth downtown
project,” Griesbach said. “They all have been very successful.”
the hotel will have one way to access the hotel from Sumner Street
and two on the north end on Park Street in front of the Jack Russell
Memorial Library. A hotel was identified as one of the key catalytic
projects to spur downtown development.
class hotel would create additional business opportunities for
shops, restaurants and bars within the downtown,” said City Planner
Drew said a full
site plan will be prepared and will be reviewed by the Plan
Commission at an upcoming meeting.
“The city paid
$479,000 for the three lots needed for the project,” Drew said.
There is a home
at 100 E. Sumner, Staffing Support Specialists was in the property
at 108 E. Sumner the property at 116 E. Sumner is a vacant lot. Both
buildings will be torn down to make room for the project.
project will be completed in the city’s TIF District-10, which was
created for downtown redevelopment, the city will be repaid the
money it spent on the properties for the hotel site with extra
revenue generated in the district from increased taxes due to new
development in the district and higher property values.
Hotels President Brian Wogermese said “We really want to have it
open for spring 2018.”
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