The owners of the Hilton Garden Inn on Commerce Dr. are looking to build two more hotels in Peachtree City along with an event center.
Raj Patel, speaking for Apsilon Hotels, LLC, explained to the Peachtree City Planning Commission that there is a growing demand for extended stay hotels which this project would fill.
The property in question is the Kedron Office Park, which is a 14.6-acre tract located at 100 World Dr.
Apsilson Hotels is seeking a rezoning from Office Institutional (OI) to Limited Use Commercial (LUC) to allow them to build two hotels and what was described as a “banquet facility.”
Patel said that, as operator of the the Hilton Garden Inn, he has already been hearing from guests seeking extended stay. He said that activity from Pinewood studios has increased the need for extended stay hotels.
“Right now a lot of the people that work at Pinewood stay in Fairburn,” Patel said. “Peachtree City doesn’t have enough rooms for a lot of the people that want to stay here. There’s a loss of revenue [there.]”
If the rezoning is approved, the first hotel to be built will be a Residence Inn. Patel said the banquet hall would be built next, and then “maybe two years down the road” the second hotel would be built. He offered few details on the second hotel, but indicated it would be “a boutique type hotel, something different, something unique.”
Patel said that once the construction began for the Residence Inn then the ownership would come back and submit plans for the banquet hall.
Both proposed hotels are expected to have around 110 rooms, Patel said, for a total of around 220.
The Residence Inn is slated to be four stories and 62,000 square feet, and the second hotel is expected to be of similar size.
The banquet hall would be around 11,500 square feet, and Patel indicated it would be similar to the facility at the Whyndam in Peachtree City and could hold around 700 people.
The Kedron Office Park was originally intended to hold four office buildings, but Rast explained that only one has been built since the conceptual site plan was approved in December, 2005.
Rast explained that allowing the hotel to come in would require a change to the land-use plan in addition to to a rezoning.
Planning Commission Chairman Frank Destadio was positive about the project.
“I personally think you have a good opporutnity, and I’m glad you’re listening.” Destadio said of the ownership’s willingness to work with the city.
Monday’s discussion was only a workshop. The rezoning will come before the Planning Commission officially on Nov. 10. The recommendation will then go before the city council on Nov. 20.