MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio — A proposed Residence Inn by Marriott project and related retail buildings slated for Bagley Road in Middleburg Heights received planning commission final approval Wednesday evening. The project plan next goes to city council for consideration.
“I’m very excited to move this along,” said Herb Jagels, director of construction for Alliance Hospitality Inc., which will build the extended stay hotel.
“It’s been a year in the making,” added Greg Schunck, civil engineer and senior project manager for engineering firm Mannik Smith Group. “It required variances and rezoning. We are working with the fair board because we’ll be accessing the property off of the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds driveway. That’s still in process but near finalization.”
Schunck said he is confident negotiations with the fair board will go well. A below-ground filtration system will be installed by the hotel as well as water detention areas. Jagels said the same building materials used for the hotel, which include a color palette of red and tan brick, will carry through to planned retail space on the site.
“I think you captured the look that we’re after in our city, and I love the look,” said planning commission member Carl Guarnieri, while Eric Smearman added the plan was “well thought out and an excellent project.”
Mayor Gary Starr said in an interview the hotel, which would be located between the county fairgrounds and Fifth Third Bank, is just another example of how advantageous business sites in Middleburg Heights can be. He went on to note the need for more overnight lodging, citing an occupancy rate of 75 percent for the city’s current hotels.
Soil remediation required on the property site postponed the approval process, which initially began in 2015. While Starr hoped last fall to have the hotel in place in time for the Republican National Convention, delays made that impossible. That situation, however, didn’t dampen the enthusiasm he expressed Wednesday about the new hotel.
“It will be worth the wait,” Starr said.