Holiday Inn proposes hotel in South Weed

Jeff Knebel

The city of Weed may be the future home of a 70 room Holiday Inn Express and Suites hotel.

Weed Planning Commissioners, during a special meeting Wed. June 18,  voted to approve a use permit for the development of the four-story hotel on Commerce Court, and to adopt an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project, an initial step in order to begin the process.

Planned features for the hotel include an indoor pool, fitness center, spa, conference rooms, outdoor patios and 15 suites.

“This will be an upscale hotel for this area,” said Weed City Administrator Earl Wilson. “Holiday Inn wants this to be their showcase hotel on the I-5 corridor.

“They want to start as soon as the plans are finalized and hopefully have the outside of the hotel completed by winter.”

Wilson said he expects the hotel will bring an increase in Transit Occupancy Taxes. TOT’s are taxes people pay every time they rent a hotel room. TOT funds are used for  purposes like community promotion, city beautification, economic development and community safety.

Wilson said the Holiday Inn project managers have spent a considerable amount of time trying to design the hotel so it will compliment and blend in with its surroundings.

Holiday Inn project managers say the hotel will be marketed to promote recreation, tourism and business clientele to the area.

Commerce Court, the current proposed site of the hotel was the site of a 2002 proposed 72-room AmeriHost Inn and Suites hotel.

AmeriHost eventually backed out of the project and the land has been lying dormant since, according to Wilson.

Before the company backed out the city of Weed granted a use permit allowing hotel development of the property, as well as adopted an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project, according to Wilson.

With those actions previously taken, the Weed Planning Commission was able to amend the previous use permit and adopt an addendum to the 2002 Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration during a special meeting Wed. June 18.