Jeff Steers, editor
LaQuinta Inns and Suites is expected to be built on Hospitality Boulevard between Arrowheads Aerospace Museum and Comfort Suites.
The LaQuinta Inns and Suites received a final site plan approval during the Manchester Planning Commission meeting Thursday, Jan. 18.
The Manchester Board of Zoning Appeals approved three variance requests to make everything official following the planning commission meeting.
The Inn will be built on Hospitality Boulevard between the Arrowheads Aerospace Museum and Comfort Suites. It will be across from the Holiday Inn Express and Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center.
Three representatives from LaQuinta were at the meeting to discuss a number of issues. One said the building is a “little tight” on the side.
During the Board of Zoning, members approved three variances including the company being two short for parking spaces (83 instead of 85); a reduction of buffer space for landscaping; and a monument sign setback of less than eight feet.
The Inn is expected to have 81 rooms and construction could start as early as May, according to LaQuinta officials. The company will begin working on hotel franchise agreements, getting state construction plan approval, and pulling permits from the city.
Phase 3 at Country Club Estates approved
The Manchester Planning Commission also approved a preliminary plat for Eugene “Tink” Driver for 17 one-acre lots to begin phase III at Country Club Estates.
Land surveyor Nicholas Northcutt said there could be more lots in the future.
Driver said these will be the “finest lots in Manchester.”
“I believe these will go fast,” Driver said. “I have people coming from Murfreesboro and Winchester to look at them.
“It is going to be first class.”
Driver said the acreage will be at least one acre with homes of 1,600 square feet or more on the properties.
Planning Commission consultant Scott St. John said there are seven items on a ‘punch list’ – but nothing that could potentially raise red flags about the project.
Local resident Tom Bieder said he was worried about water runoff, but Driver said he would take care of the problem.