Holiday Inn Express proposed for Portage’s U.S.

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PORTAGE | The newest concept of a hotel staple is being planned for the city’s U.S.

20 corridor. Representatives of Amerilodge Group of Bloomfield, Mich., presented plans to the city’s Development Review Committee on Tuesday for a new Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express at 6295 U.S.

20. Asad Malik, president and CEO of Amerilodge said the Intercontinental Hotel Group, owners of the brand, have rolled out a “new concept” of the hotel chain that he’s hoping to construct in Portage.

“It would be a wonderful addition. It is modern, contemporary, based on customer service. It is going to fit really well in Portage,” said Malik, adding the first of the new concept hotels was constructed in Monroe, Mich. and his company is also building the same style Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express in LaPorte. They also own properties in Plymouth and Logansport. The proposed hotel would be located between Luke Oil and Hampton Inn on U.S.

20. It would be three stories tall with 87 rooms. Malik, said if all approvals are gained, they would hope to begin construction by March 1, 2016. The site plan, which will be presented to the full Plan Commission on Oct.

5, also includes a potential second structure on the southern end of the property that could be a second hotel in the future. Malik said they have received no commitments from any hotel company as yet to locate on the property. As proposed, the development meets city standards and needs no variances.

However, DRC members issued one concern involving access to the development. The site plan proposed two locations of the hotel building, one on the far western edge of the property and the other on the eastern edge. The DRC favored the view of the building on the western edge. That, they said, would allow the new hotel to share an entrance with the adjacent Hampton Inn. Malik said that is something they are negotiating with the adjacent property owner and is a plan they favor, but have not reached an agreement.

If an agreement on a joint access cannot be made, the property would have its own separate entrance.

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