NORTH HAVEN — The town is expected to consider a plan for a new four-story 105-room hotel on the Cinemark theater property on Universal Drive.
The Planning and Zoning Commission approved an amendment to zoning regulations for hotels at its Jan. 7 meeting that will allow Hilton Hotels to build a four-story hotel.
The applicant for the amendment, Jeffrey Gordon, of Codespoti & Associates, said Hilton Hotels is looking to build a four-story Hampton Inn & Suites with about 105 rooms on 2.5 acres of the Cinemark property at 550 Universal Dr. The property also has a Chick-fil-A.
Gordon said the group is looking to build the Hampton Inn & Suites’ 2019 prototype, which features redesigned lobby areas and smaller guestrooms.
“We'd love to be able to develop a project here in North Haven,” Gordon said.
First Selectman Michael Freda, who is familiar with the plan, said he feels there will be many benefits to another hotel, including providing a place for executives to stay, a request of some large local companies.
“It's a benefit because it's going to attract another restaurant or two and maybe another retail outlet, it's a benefit because there'll be people staying there, and it's a benefit because it's filling an empty space that yields incremental tax revenue,” Freda said.
The next step is for the applicant to develop a site plan for the Planning and Zoning Commission to consider over the next several months.
At Monday’s meeting, commission vice chairman Ronald Penton expressed concern that the hotel group would have enough land to build the hotel while meeting parking and green space requirements.
In response, Land Use Administrator Alan Fredricksen said he feels Gordon has done a great deal of preliminary work “in terms of trying to make certain that they will have enough room to put a hotel on here.”
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