BoC to consider two new hotels
by Rachel Gray
June 04, 2014 04:00 AM | 2874 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The Board of Commissioners will review proposals for two new hotels after the Planning Commission approved both plans 5-0 on Tuesday.

One hotel is slated to be built near the site of the future Braves stadium by Cumberland Mall. The other is proposed for land next door to Kennesaw State University.

The Board of Commissioners will review the cases at the next zoning meeting July 15.

Cosmo Ventures Cobb LLC requested a special land use permit for a suite hotel at the end of Corporate Plaza, south of Windy Hill Road.

The 1.17 acres of vacant, undeveloped land west of Circle 75 Parkway sits just outside of the boundaries for the Cumberland Community Improvement District. The lot is to the south of a Red Roof Inn and east of a Target Store.

The future Candlewood Suites Hotel would be five stories with 92 rooms and 92 parking spaces, but has no restaurant, conference area or banquet hall in the plans.

According to county staff, Cobb’s code requires a 2-acre tract for the development and 10 additional parking spaces, which was the reason for special land use approval by the commission.

The application by Cosmo Ventures Cobb LLC says the area near the Cobb Galleria Conference Center, Cumberland Mall and future $672 million Braves stadium is filled with tourists and traveling business professionals along the Interstate 75 corridor.

The hotel would be erected in Commissioner Bob Ott’s district.

Ott said he did not want to speak about the exact case before it is reviewed by the board. But in general, he said there has been an “uptick” in zoning applications for commercial development in the Cumberland area.

“There is definitely an increase in interest,” Ott said.

Also on Tuesday, a property at the northwest intersection of Chastain Road and Busbee Drive, which is owned by KLCK Inc., was reviewed for a future hotel.

John Moore, with the Marietta law firm Moore, Ingram, Johnson and Steele LLP, represents Hampton Inn Chastain, LLC, which wants to construct a seven-story, 64,500-square-foot, 100-unit hotel, with a food service area and outdoor guest area.

The Planning Commission approved a recommendation to change the zoning from general commercial to office mid-rise on the 1.41 acres of land, which would include 95 surface parking spaces and a ground-based, monument-style entrance sign.

The site is the former location of Chicago Pizza and Sports Grille.

Construction could begin immediately after permits are issued, Moore said, and should take about a year to finish.

Moore said the builder of the future Hampton Inn hotel is the same builder of the Embassy Suites also on Chastain Road.

“If anybody knows the market up there, they do,” Moore said, although he did not reveal the developer’s name.

Kelly Schatz, who is with the building company, said the plans are in the preliminary stages and did not want to reveal the projected cost to construct the hotel.

The Hampton Inn hotel would be down the street from Kennesaw State University and less than two miles north of Town Center at Cobb.

The property falls inside the Town Center Area Community Improvement District, which was established in 1997 as a self-taxing district.

Lanie Shipp, who has been the executive director of the Town Center CID since the beginning, said 17 years ago, the driving force was retail, then office buildings and now the university.

“KSU is the engine in our area by all means,” Shipp said. “They have just a boatload of activities all the time.”

Shipp said the area has been “light” in the amount of hotels, so the addition will benefit the entire CID.

“When one person makes improvements in the area, it improves the other businesses,” Shipp said. “I can’t think it will be anything but positive.”

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