WALLINGFORD — The Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission approved a plan last week for a hotel and restaurant on a Route 68 property that contains an abandoned house.
Shield Hotels, a Northampton, Massachusetts-based hotel development and management company, plans to develop the 6.5-acre property at 1175 Barnes Road (Route 68).
The four-story hotel, a total of 63,622 square feet, would have 120 rooms. The attached restaurant would be 6,975 square feet.
The commission granted a wetlands permit after ruling that the development would not have significant impact on the wetlands.
John Schmitz, BL Cos. project engineer, reviewed changes to the site plan.
He said the driveway was reconfigured and turned slightly, which would make access easier if the road is ever extended.
Four parking spaces were removed that were in an easement for the Wallingford Electric Division, he said.
One of three storm water outlets was pulled back further from the wetlands, and 49 plantings were added at all three outlets for wetlands buffering.
The hotel would abut the Hilton Garden Inn Wallingford-Meriden property, at 1181 Barnes Road. It would be the fifth hotel in the immediate area.
Storm water drainage between the Hilton property and the vacant site was part of town environmental planner Erin O’Hare’s report.
“It has a lot of moving parts to it,” O’Hare said.