The two hotels proposed for Whiskey Road are up for final approval by City Council on Monday night.
A Staybridge Suites and Holiday Inn Express are both planned to be constructed on a vacant 30.4 acre tract of land located on Whiskey Road north of Stratford Drive. The item that City Council will review Monday is the approval of the concept plan as well as the annexation of 5.71 acres located on that piece of property which is owned by the Holley family.
Council approved the first reading at its meeting on Sept. 26 by a five to one vote – Councilman Steve Homoki opposed and Councilwoman Lessie Price was not present.
Residents in the vicinity of the proposed project have expressed a variety of concerns about it at both the City Council meeting in September and at the Planning Commission meeting held weeks before.
Stratford Hall, Spring Stone and Spring Stone neighborhoods, which have more than 200 homes combined, are located near the site of the proposed hotels.
Residents are not only concerned with the traffic on Whiskey Road, which is already a busy road, but are asking that the plan exclude an exit point from the hotels onto Stratford Drive. Residents said that's their only outlet from their neighborhoods and foresee the hotel exit onto Stratford causing problems in the future. The other point of entry for the hotel is located off Whiskey Road.
The Holiday Inn Express would be a four-story, 55,072-square-foot building that would include 95 rooms and parking spots. It would not include a restaurant or meeting place. This hotel would cater to those only staying for a few nights.
The second facility, Staybridge Suites, would be more of a “residential hotel” or a place where someone would stay for a few weeks or months. That building would be 69,115 square feet with 90 rooms, 115 parking spaces and a 600-square-foot meeting room. There would be no restaurant in that hotel either.
Both would include outdoor swimming pools that will be fenced in.
The Holiday Inn Express would hire around 25 to 30 people, and the Staybridge would need around 35 employees.
In other business, the S.C. Department of Transportation is requesting approval for the installation of an underground storm water detention facility no less than 50 feet from the City well site located near Silver Bluff Road and Hidden Haven Drive.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building located at 214 Park Ave. S.W.