Planning Commission says proposed hotels need more parking

By: Kristyne E. Demske | Troy Times | Published September 11, 2018

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TROY — The Troy Planning Commission paused plans for a Staybridge Suites and a Holiday Inn proposed for the parking lot of Tower Drive, near Crooks Road, north of Long Lake Road, saying the plans come up short on parking spaces. 

The Planning Commission voted unanimously Aug. 28 to postpone consideration of a special land use, a preliminary site plan and a shared parking agreement with the 900 Tower Road office building in order to address the parking deficiency and the locations of the proposed buildings. 

Ben Carlisle, of Carlisle/Wortman Associates, the city’s planning consultant, said the locations of the buildings created the potential for traffic/pedestrian accessibility issues, and he recommended moving them next to Tower Drive.  

A special land use is needed to build hotels in the office mixed-use zoning district, and the Planning Commission has final approval. 

The proposed plans featured a five-story, 138-room Holiday Inn with meeting space, banquet space and a hotel-guests-only restaurant space; and a four-story, 91-room, extended-stay Staybridge Suites. 

“We would welcome the development,” said Larry Goss, the owner of the 900 Tower Road office building. 

Sara Merrill, a traffic consultant for OHM Advisors, the city’s traffic consultant firm, said the 1,024 parking spaces in the proposed plans are not enough, and she did not support the shared parking study that Amerilodge submitted. 

Asad Malik, a spokesman for Amerilodge Group, which manages, operates and owns hotels in the Midwest, told the Planning Commission that a market analysis indicated that the demand for the Holiday Inn hotel brand is “enormous” in Troy. 

“The demand is there and continues to grow,” he said. 

“It’s pretty clear to me we have a major parking issue,” said Planning Commissioner Karen Crusse. 

“We just don’t have enough spaces for the kind of occupancy they’re looking for,” said Planning Commissioner Tom Krent.