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Hotels & Hospitality Development News in Central Florida

Clermont slated to get new extended-stay hotel on U.S. 27

The new hotel will feature 100 suites with fully equipped kitchens and separate workspace.

A request for a conditional-use permit to construct a 100-room extended-stay hotel sailed through the Planning and Zoning Commission Oct. 4 with only minimal push-back. The requested resolution is scheduled to go before the Clermont City Council on Oct. 25.

The owner is MPH Hotels, based in St. Petersburg.

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The conditional use would allow the construction of a Staybridge Suites hotel within the Tuscany Village PUD, located west of the Hammock Ridge Road and U.S. 27 intersection, next to the city’s police department and performing arts center.

The new extended stay hotel will be on U.S. 27 at Hammock Ridge Road., next to the city's police station and performing arts center.

The original Tuscany Village PUD was approved for Light Commercial uses in 2005. The applicant wants to construct a 72,000-square-foot four-story hotel with parking on 2.5 acres.

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MPH Hotels VP Drew Locher said the hotel would be constructed under his GC license, and the firm would operate the asset under its sister company, Waterview Hospitality. “We’ll be here for a very long time,” he said.

According to the city staff report, the hotel would be consistent with the city’s Land Development Code. It would also be consistent with the area, as a whole, an area that is likely to generate demand for overnight and extended-stay lodging.

Mark Wilson with Kimley Horn, Inc. told the Planning and Zoning Commission the hotel is expected to get used year-round, not just by snowbirds, but also by groups that come into town for sports events and festivals.

The IHG brand prototype utilizes a mix of exterior finishes and architectural features, like the charcoal gray bumpouts, in the design.

The square footage of the hotel would be similar to the existing Hampton Inn Suites and the Home2Suites recently constructed in Clermont. The property is currently vacant.

Staybridge Suites is an IHG Hotels brand that typically offers a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom suites, each with a full kitchen, separate living space and dedicated work area. The hotels are pet-friendly and offer free social/cocktail hour three days a week. Guest also have use of separate storage lockers, free laundry, fitness centers and free Wi-Fi. Each hotel also has an on-site pantry/convenience store in the lobby.

IHG opened new Staybridge Suites last year in Nashville and Rochester, Minnesota, and has 156 hotels in its 2022 pipeline. MPH Hotels is currently building one in Winter Haven.

The only push-back the developer received was from Planning and Zoning Commission Vice Chair Vincent Niemiec who said because the hotel would be located next to the city’s Clermont Performing Arts Center, he believes there could be traffic congestion issues before and after performances. The hotel would share ingress and egress with the performing arts center. “The arts center is right there. When they have concerts, the traffic is backed up.”

The hotel will have a loop driveway for drop-off, parking and exiting onto a frontage road. It will have access from both Hammock Ridge Road and U.S. 27.

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According to the city staff report, the hotel will generate fewer than 100 peak hour two-way trips, so no substantial impacts are expected. The project does not require a Tier 1 Traffic Impact Analysis.

Wilson said the hotel should not be a big traffic generator and will have considerably less traffic than commercial and retail uses previously approved for the property.

Planning and Zoning Member David Colby said he sees the hotel as a “solid project that looks to be in a pretty good spot.”

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