$16M Holiday Inn planned for Heights at Eastwood

The Fairfield Inn & Suites, pictured Thursday, August 4, 2016, is now open at the Heights at Eastwood in Lansing Township. A Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn is planned nearby.(Photo: Dave Wasinger/Lansing State Journal)Buy Photo

LANSING TWP. – The site plan for a six-story Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn has been approved for the Heights at Eastwood project in Lansing Township. The hotel will be the fourth planned for the project, which is located off Lake Lansing Road near U.S.

127, beating out Starwood Hotels & Resorts boutique-style Aloft Hotel,1 an option that was originally considered by developer Mike Eyde.

“We decided to put them aside because Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn has a better-known flag than Aloft,” Eyde said. The 143-room hotel will be built north of Hyatt Place on Towne Centre Boulevard. The estimated $16 million project still needs approval from the township board before it can be built, said Steve Hayward, executive director of the Eastwood Downtown Development Authority.

It will be brought up at next week’s meeting. The second hotel that was planned for the project, Fairfield Inn & Suites, opened last month. The $10 million, four-story hotel, developed by Eyde, includes 121 rooms. West of the Fairfield, Eyde has begun site preparation on the $15 million Hilton Homewood Suites. The seven-story hotel will include 139 rooms and Eyde said he hopes to have it open by summer 2017.

Construction of the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn could start in a month and Eyde said it could open by spring 2018. Eyde said he is not worried about the hotels competing with one another when they are all open, noting that both the Hyatt and Fairfield and nearly fully booked.

“We are setting up a place where people are happy to land,” said Eyde, mentioning the array of shopping opportunities available at the Heights and neighboring Eastwood Towne Center. “If you don’t want to drive a car for three days, you go to Eastwood.”

Hayward said these hotels won’t cannibalize one another, but “help make Eastwood more sustainable.”

“The occupancy rate inclined since Hyatt opened,” Hayward said. “There is a rising demand for hotels.”

In fact, the lodging rate in Mid-Michigan increased 2.7 percentage points from 2014 to 2015 to 61.1%, according to data from Smith Travel Research. The Hyatt Place opened in May 2015. From January to June of this year, the rate reached 63.7%, said Jack Schripsema, president of the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Schripsema said more people are drawn to the area thanks to a combination of youth sporting tournaments, more conferences being hosted in the area and the construction the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University.

“There’s been more demand in the Greater Lansing area,” Schripsema said. “There’s something really good going on here in the region.”

Alexander Alusheff is a reporter for the Lansing State Journal. Contact him at (517) 388-5973 or aalusheff@lsj.com. Follow him on Twitter @alexalusheff.

Other openings

Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar also opened in Eastwood last month.

The restaurant is located north of Culver’s at 3301 Towne Centre Boulevard. It serves pizzas, burgers, pasta and ribs.

It is open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.

to 1 a.m.

on Sundays.

Boston’s has more than 350 locations across North America with 40 in the U.S., according to its website.

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  1. ^ boutique-style Aloft Hotel, (www.lansingstatejournal.com)

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