Conditional use permit granted for new Hartford hotel

By JOE VANDELAARSCHOT - Daily News

June 13, 2017

HARTFORD — 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.

Brimark Builders 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.”

Griesbach said 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.

“A business class hotel would create additional business opportunities for shops, restaurants and bars within the downtown,” said City Planner Justin Drew.

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.

Because the 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.

Cobblestone Hotels President Brian Wogermese said “We really want to have it open for spring 2018.”

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