If plans continue to proceed at their current pace, Manchester could soon have a new hotel on the Woodbury Highway end of town.
Hampton Inn – a Hilton brand hotel – is planning a development behind the building on State Route 53 most famously known as Crockett’s Roadhouse and most recently known as Timberloft Restaurant.
“I think it will be a real good thing for Manchester if that goes in maybe we can get another restaurant on that exit,” said Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman.
The site plan for the development has been approved by the Manchester Planning Commission and includes 3.1 acres of land, including the restaurant building, parking lot and land behind it. Part of that land is not in the city limits but the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen has passed two readings to annex the land at the request of real estate firm Parkland Properties, LLC. The third reading is slated for the March 5 board meeting.
Norman said he hasn’t seen a building plan but codes director Paul Guess said the building will be 50-feet high with approximately 70 rooms.
“I haven’t seen a drawing or anything but I think it’s going to be four or five stories,” said Norman.
A building plan has not yet been proposed to or approved by the planning commission.
Kenny Sadler, the design engineer for the project’s site plan, said the land has not yet been purchased but the buyer is under contract to do so pending subdividing of the property. Sadler added that the building will be four stories and owned by OMKAR Associates.
The proposed hotel would be located behind the restaurant building, which closed for business as Timberloft Restaurant last year after a brief stint in operation. The proposed land purchase will include the restaurant building.
Norman said he understands construction could begin relatively soon.
“That’s why they wanted us to go ahead and get it in the city,” explained Norman, “They want to get started pretty quick.”
The Times left voicemail and email messages with Hilton for comment but did not receive one before this story was published…
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