New hotel on the way for Benton Township

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

BENTON TOWNSHIP — A Marriott Spring Hill Suites Hotel is in the planning stages for Benton Township.

The hotel’s developer – Harbor Hotel Investments, based in Farmington Hills – is seeking a height variance, which needs approval from the township’s Zoning Board of Appeals. The zoning board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the township hall.The destined site for the hotel is listed at 1255 Cinema Way, across from Hilton Garden Inn.

Benton Township Director of Inspections Tom Baldwin said a height variance is needed because the land is zoned D-1 commercial. The zoning ordinance states a structure’s maximum height in D-1 is 40 feet.

The proposed hotel calls for a 10-foot variance for a finished height of about 50 feet, Baldwin said.

Baldwin said the hotel’s cost is $8.5 million, based on the current site plans. The hotel will cover about 62,700 square feet and be four stories high with 92 rooms.

“We just had the Hilton built across the street from this proposed site,” Baldwin said. “It’s great for us because we have had a tremendous amount of investment in the area, with the new Sonic, and Whirlpool and Lake Michigan College expanding their facilities. This is a shot in the arm for our economy.”

Treasurer Debbie Boothby said if the variance is approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals, then the Planning Commission will have a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30 in the same location to vote on the site plan. Final action would come from the township’s Board of Trustees at the Dec. 1 regular meeting.

Boothby said the township has been working with developers on the new hotel for the last two months.

“This would increase the township’s tax base, provide job opportunities for residents, attract more visitors to our community while supporting other area businesses,” Boothby said. “This highlights Benton Charter Township as a full-service township committed to offering developers and businesses quality services in an economically beneficial location.”

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Nov. 22, 2015)

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