CASCADE — A St. Louis-based hotelier hopes to build a 180-room Drury Inn and Suites on a four-acre,
parcel that was formerly the site of a Knights Inn motel.
Steve Bollinger, Drury’s vice president of design and construction, introduced the project to the Cascade Township Planning Commission in a plan review meeting on March 19. The company did not present a detailed engineering plan for the building or grounds at that time.
Cascade Planning Director Steve Peterson said the commission gave Drury Inn representatives a list of concerns and items to address for the township, and the ball is in their court now. One issue brought up is building height, which is restricted to 35 feet in that area, Peterson said. The township has not heard from Drury Inns and Suites since the original meeting.
“I assume they’re trying to address all of those concerns, get all the additional information required and secure all the government approvals that are necessary,” Peterson remarked.
Drury Inns has asked the township to rezone the property from its current “expressway service” designation to planned unit development, because some of their concepts for the hotel don’t meet current zoning requirements, including the proposed hotel’s height, Peterson said.
Joseph Pereless, Drury’s vice president of development, said his company is proposing a seven-story, 180-room hotel, including about 36 two-room suites. The hotel will have 2,200 square feet of meeting space, an indoor-outdoor pool and all the typical amenities of a Drury Inn, including free Internet access, hot breakfast and evening cocktails.
“We have it under contract, and we’re doing our due diligence,” Pereless said. “We’re working on the other submittals that we need and trying to answer as many of the questions that came up at our initial meeting.”
PUD rezoning allows for more flexibility in the project development than would otherwise be available if straight zoning were applied, Peterson noted. Drury Inn’s rezoning request isn’t really about the land use, because a hotel is allowed there, he observed. He said there are two ways the company can go about securing approvals in
“One, they could ask for site plan approval and then try to get a bunch of variances, because they’re doing things that may not all comply, like the building height,” Peterson explained. “Or they could go through a PUD rezoning process.”
Pereless said the parcel is attractive because of the growth taking place at
and I-96, and because the site is ideally suited for a hotel.
A hearing has yet to be set on the rezoning issue.