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February 27, 2014

Hotel positioning could offer serene view

EDMOND — A proposal by Covell I-35 Development LLC concerning a property exchange for the hotel-conference center site was discussed this week by the City Council. Covell/I-35 Development LLC wants to move the $25.5 million Hilton Garden Inn farther west, within the northwest corner of I-35 and Covell.

Assistant City Manager Steve Commons said originally the structure was designated to be on the east side of the property within view of Interstate 35 traffic.

“Maybe being on that side of the development wasn’t in the best interest of the hotel-conference center,” Commons said.

It would be close to the traffic flow of what could be some major big-box retailers, Commons said. Consideration is now being given to improving lifestyle development at different pace on the west side. The hotel-conference center would serve as an anchor at one end of the lifestyle center, Commons said.

A pond would be within sight of hotel guests from their windows instead of interstate traffic, he said.

“A conference center having this green space to the north may prove to be a nice synergy in a sense between the two developments,” Commons said.

A planning group out of Texas gave its opinion that relocated the site makes planning sense, Commons said.

Other development expected along Sooner Road and on Covell will not make the six-story hotel-conference center appear as isolated property, Commons said. The land area is half an acre larger than the previous site for the hotel, he said.

“We’ve given that to the appraiser. We should have a report back in early March,” and hopefully we can have documents for you to consider at your March 24 meeting to deal with the exchange of property and how that should be handled.”

Mayor Charles Lamb said this would enable people staying at the hotel-conference center to walk through the common area to retail.

“It will be a better setting for that kind of event.”

jcoburn@edmondsun.com | 341-2121

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