New restaurants have continued to pop up in the Maple and Ridge Road area, and now it looks like a hotel will be joining them.
“We’re just in planning stages right now,” says hotelier Jason Madhu.
Madhu, who owns the Best Western Plus Eastgate Inn & Suites at 8300 E. Kellogg, is working on a deal for a hotel on University just off of Ridge Road. That’s just north of Kellogg and behind the Target on West Maple.
“Obviously, with the new airport, (I) see the need for a good-quality hotel … for that area,” Madhu says.
He says zoning isn’t an issue but that he needs a “minor amendment” to the community unit plan in place for that area.
Madhu says he wants to have close to 80 rooms in a 48,000-square-foot building, which is slightly larger than the CUP allows.
“We’re looking to increase that slightly,” he says. “We just need to get that amendment to meet our requirements.”
Madhu says he plans a standard limited-service hotel with a pool, breakfast area and meeting space.
“We’re still working with some brands,” he says. “We can’t do anything until we know what’s going to happen with this (amendment).”
Madhu says with the airport and new restaurants such as Abuelo’s and Twin Peaks nearby, a new hotel makes sense.
“It seems like a good fit for that area.”